Friday, November 9, 2007

Proceeds from 2007 DHS Reunion - Great Job Reunion Committee!!

The final proceeds from the 2007 DHS Reunion were distributed to create four $600 Deadwood/Lead School District scholarships to be awarded over four years. Shown is the letter of acceptance.

Also $1140 was given to The Lord's Cupboard in Lead who administers the Backpack Program for the school district. Shown is the note of appreciation for the donation.

There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year.

The BackPack™ Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on weekends. Food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.

The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach aches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.

In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home and others operate during the summer months when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced meals.

There are more than 110 America's Second Harvest network members operating BackPack Programs in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

Nationally, members distribute as many as 35,000 backpacks each week. This program is the fastest growing National Program within our network. Within the last year, the program has experienced close to 100 percent growth. For more information about the BackPack Program, please contact David Blair at 312.641.6829 or at


Anonymous said...

I think using the leftover money in this manner is absolutely wonderful. Whoever came up with the idea, you are to be congratulated. Couldn't be put to better use. I am happy to have contributed some very small part of it.
Yvonne Hendrickson DHS 1953

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