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Schoharie County school’s Backpack Program sends food to needy

Cholette Fiore, a Cobleskill-Richmondville High School senior, and Ireland Dineen, a Ryder School kindergartner, fill up backpacks for students to take home for meals over the weekend as part of the Radez Elementary School’s Backpack Program.
Cholette Fiore, a Cobleskill-Richmondville High School senior, and Ireland Dineen, a Ryder School kindergartner, fill up backpacks for students to take home for meals over the weekend as part of the Radez Elementary School’s Backpack Program.
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When third-grade teacher Jessica Dineen joined in a simulated poverty exercise at Radez Elementary School last fall, she discovered how distressing it could be struggling to feed your family while trying to pay rent and utility bills. The exercise put teachers and staff members in roles as families living in poverty, facing the day-to-day reality of choosing between buying groceries or paying bills. And that motivated Dineen to urge colleagues to support a backpack program, ...


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JIMOCONNOR
April 5, 2014
8:40 a.m.

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This is a serious informed comment and suggestion. There are households in Schoharie County without HOT RUNNING WATER. Many issues contribute to this. If schools could possibly incorporate one, or two showers a week for students it would help immensely. It is not uncommon to follow up on job placement efforts to find candidates had lost out due to hygiene issues due to no hot water in the house. Maybe if kids get the opportunity to bathe properly they'll carry it into adulthood.

I wish there was a way schools could open their shower facilities to families in need.

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