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Rotary and Askew's partner for elementary lunch program  . . .
The Salmon Arm Rotary Club in partnership with Askew’s Foods is launching a school lunch program for children in need of daily lunch assistance at elementary schools throughout their service area. The program will assist children from Falkland, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Silver Creek, Sorrento and Sicamous.
The idea grew from a club member’s request for $250 to support a PAC Hot Lunch program after noticing the number of children who could not afford to participate in the program.
“I am extremely proud to be a member of a Rotary club that recognizes needs within our community and acts on them. Recognizing hunger and its relation to education outcomes in our own backyard - and doing something about it, is something I am thrilled to be a part of”, remarked Kari Wilkinson, program coordinator.
Looking for a new project that would resonate with members as well as the community, the club put together a committee to look at the feasibility of a lunch program. Research began with the help of School District 83 teachers and principals to identify how many kids regularly needed food assistance beyond the already operating breakfast programs. Through this process, approximately 400 children and youth were identified throughout School District 83.
Getting a program off the ground would require thorough planning, food partners and a lot of money. Salmon Arm Rotary Club quickly found a partner with Askew’s Foods - who in turn asked their suppliers for assistance. The pilot program running for the duration of the 2014 - 15 school year, will focus on kids in elementary schools with a total budget of $30,000. The money has been distributed to schools based on the number of students in need.
Each school will be responsible for shopping for their own lunch ingredients and distribution within the school. The school principals will also submit a report on how this program impacted the recipients of the food program; including but not limited to improved learning outcomes, attendance and behaviour; and other pertinent outcomes.
To help raise the funds, Wilkinson came up with the idea of raffling off a three-minute Askew’s Foods Shopping Spree, with a second prize of a $250 Armstrong Co-op Gas Card. Tickets at $10 ea., will be available at Askew’s Foods Uptown location Friday afternoons and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 30th.

Young ones anxious about school?
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay would like to share this very helpful video for Kindergarten parents dealing with separation anxiety. nxiety BC teamed-up with child expert Dr. Lynn Miller from UBC to create a short video on how to reduce anxiety for Kindergarten students during the first days of school. Click here to watch this video for great tips that will really make a difference.

StrongStarts open
The school district's StrongStarts for early learners (newborns to age 5) are open. With a retirement and a few other little changes a few of the StrongStarts may be changing their hours/days of operation (Highland Park and the Outreach program) from the poster attached below. If you are planning on attending StrongStart for the first time please give the school a call just to double check. Thank you! For more information please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. Click here for poster!

2014-15 School Year Calendar
The school year calendar for 2014-15 is available by clicking here. The Calendar, as well as other information which parents may find interesting, is also available under the Parents and Students menu on this webpage.

District Office Hours. . .
The School District office, located at 220 Shuswap St. In Salmon Arm,  is open from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.  To contact the district office please call  (250) 832-2157.

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