A Rural Community Comes Together To Feed Its Students and Keep School Staff Employed During District Shutdown Due to Coronavirus
When the Hardin-Central School District in Hardin, Missouri, was forced to close its schools due to COVID-19 concerns, it meant that some of its students may not get lunch each day.
Luckily, bus driver Jerry McGraw is doing something about it. Now instead of transporting students to and from school, McGraw is driving his route each day to deliver them food.
“We’re utilizing the buses to go around and serve these sack lunches to the needy children,” McGraw told reporter Tyne Morgan for AgWeb.
But McGraw isn’t the only one going beyond his typical job description. Superintendent Trey Cavanah has organized school staff to help in the effort, and for those who are hourly employees, it provides a new way to earn money.
“That’s one service that we felt like was imperative that we could continue to offer our students so are in need of this,” said Trey Cavanah, Superintendent at Hardin-Central Schools. “Yesterday was our first day we had over 30 percent participation of our student body. So, it was a very successful program.
“A lot of students and parents rely on the school for providing food for their child or children. We want to make sure that we reach our children during this time that they’re away from school, make sure that they have a healthy meal to eat. We also include breakfast items in the lunches that we send home. The school is answering a common call for a student body that boasts small numbers, but a lot of pride. Luckily, we decided that we would use our cooks, our bus drivers, even some of our hourly staff to help prepare the meals to set them up for distribution,” he says. “Even though that’s not in their original job descriptions, it’s allowed them to continue to work for the district and be compensated for their services that they’re providing.”
Read more about how the Hardin-Central community is coming together to serve students here.