“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
As one of our goals for this year, BCEA is partnering with local organizations to offer members with opportunities to give back to the community with our time and hearts. Recently, BCEA partnered with the Hunger Coalition during October's Hunger Awareness Month, to sort food after a local food drive. According the the Hunger Coalition's data 14% of the families in Blaine County are food insecure. The Hunger Coalition, the local food bank, works to feed families in our valley and is an organization near and dear to our hearts because we know they are directly helping our students! If you know of students who may be in need of food assistance check out the Hunger Coalition's Snack Pack program.
How the program works:
Students are identified by teachers and social workers, or enrolled directly by their parents. Teams of volunteers from the community spend Tuesday afternoons stuffing Snack Packs. In addition to our traditional backpack food, we have added steel cut oats, sunflower seeds, pudding, fruit leather, raisins, granola bars, crackers with cheese, and 100% fruit or vegetable juice. Thursday morning, another team of volunteers takes the packs to each of Blaine County’s eight public schools. Social workers and teachers distribute the packs to the
students in the program.
Please contact your school's social worker if you know of a student in need.
"On a crisp Saturday morning, six BCEA members headed off to the Hunger Coalition to help feed our valley. The Sage School had done a massive food drive and all of the food they collected was in the warehouse waiting to be sorted. We had a big job to do and jumped right in, like teachers always do. We sorted through all the food, checking dates and putting everything in the right place. Yes, there were many questions: “Where does pumpkin pie filling go?”, but in the end, we sorted through everything. There was good conversation and we had The Doors playing in the background. We all drove home feeling good and knowing we made a difference. It was also really special to know we helped partner with The Sage School in their food collection project."
- BCEA Member Scott Slonim