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Wiregrass schools feeding students during Coronavirus closures

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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All schools in the Wiregrass are closed due to concerns over the corona-virus outbreak. But Geneva County and Dothan City Schools have come up with a plan to make sure no one is going hungry over the 2-week break.

With Coronavirus cases still increasing in the state of Alabama - many schools had to make quick decisions.... One of those decisions, how are we going to feed our students?

"We know it's really important because on our end we know that some of our meals sometimes is the only real good meals they get. We know that parents are at work and cannot fix a meal for them so if we can provide a meal for them that helps," Tammy Scott, lunchroom manager at Slocomb High/Middle School said.

Geneva County and Dothan City Schools came up with curbside feeding programs, where staff and volunteers were posted at different schools handing out breakfast, lunch and snacks to students in need.

"The biggest win will go to the children because were able to feed them, even though we may not be able to be in school, were bringing a bit of school to them in the most important way and that is through these lunches," Dionne Blair, Selma Street principal said.

Whether they were on foot, bike, or car, picking up meals..... Now students don't have to worry about when they will eat next.

But meals were not the only thing the school provided.....

"We want to make sure all children have something to do, we want to make sure they stay and are practicing all of their skills, make sure we give them educational packets if they don't have access to WiFi at home. We want to make sure every child has something they can practice with while they're out so they can be ready to come back," Christie Hughes, principal at Slocomb Elementary Schoool said.

But for those who could not pick up meals..... Volunteers from Kelly Springs Elementary rode around neighborhoods distributing.

"It's kind of hard to tell you kids to come and get food when you don't have anyone to come pick it up for you. So just being able to have them to bring it to you, that means so much especially to my grand kids," Ester Gordon said.

Geneva County and Dothan City Schools will continue the curbside program through March 20th. They will start this program again after spring break on March 30th through April 3rd.

The Geneva County schools participating are Geneva County, Slocomb, and Samson High School, where all students 18 and under eat free from 10:30am-11:30am.

Dohan City Schools participating are Beverlye Intermediate, DCS Head Start, Jerry Lee Faine, Kelly Springs, Morris Slingluff, and Selma Street from 11am to 1pm.

You can also see what other school districts are doing to make sure students stay fed while schools are closed,

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