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Nurse Julia secures grant to address childhood hunger

Cooper Early Education Center nurse Julia Rojas secured a $1,000 grant to address childhood hunger in our community. The project aims to provide bagged take-home meals to pre-K students, ensuring no child goes hungry over the weekend.

Rojas recognized the need to support hungry kids, especially over weekends. While existing programs assist older students in Harvey County, Pre-K children often lack this support, and can arrive at school on Monday feeling very hungry.

"I couldn't bear the thought of any child in our community going to bed hungry, We serve 3 to 4-year-olds, and they are too young to understand these hardships," Rojas said.

Rojas secured a $1,000 grant from Central Kansas Community Foundation to initiate this essential project.

The project will identify high-risk children and provide them with take-home meal kits on Fridays, costing approximately $8 per kit.

USD 373 applauds Rojas's dedication to children's growth and well-being through this project.