This year, Altha School’s FCCLA members have started a new project: “Blessings in a Backpack.”
Junior Brianna Yon and Sophomore Emily Sewell, with the help of Mrs. Granger, started the program at the beginning of the school year. The girls have collected food and monetary donations. They have received so much food they were able to branch out and send backpacks to students at Carr School, in addition to the students at Altha School.
The girls fill backpacks for elementary and middle school students who are in need of food. The students receive the bags on Friday and have the food over the weekend. All the food is nonperishable and easily cooked in a microwave or simply by adding hot water. There is about 6 pounds of food in each backpack. There are about 14 bags given out each week to Altha students and about 11 given out to Carr students. The student brings the backpack back to school after the weekend to be refilled and sent home again the next Friday.
Thanks to all the donations from local grocery stores, businesses, churches, parents, teachers, and even other students. This project has been very successful and will continue to grow.
If you’d like to get involved, the girls are still accepting donations of money and nonperishable food items. If you need more information or to donate, contact Mrs. Granger at 850-762-3121.