Fort Mill’s Lunch and Learn beefed up with $10,000 grant

Special to the Fort Mill TimesMarch 17, 2014 

— Fort Mill students from low-income families will continue to have access to a mid-day meal and academic help during summer recess thanks to continued community support.

The Springs Close Foundation provided the Fort Mill School District Lunch and Learn Program with two grants totaling $10,000 during a school board meeting earlier this month.

Chantay Bouler, a director with the Springs Close Foundation and a former school board trustee, presented a check for $6,000 to Ann Bogan, director of elementary education.

“We do have hungry people in Fort Mill,” she said. “It’s one of the needs we can address in the Fort Mill School District as it relates to the health and wellness of our students.”

The Springs Close Foundation gives to local organizations each year. Currently, the foundation’s focus is on providing critical support, such as food, shelter and medical assistance, to those in need, Bouler said.

The foundation assists local mobile pantries as well as continuing its support of the Fort Mill Care Center and the Lunch and Learn program, Bouler said.

Bogan said she appreciates the chance to continue Lunch and Learn.

“This program is immeasurable,” she said. “It’s such a benefit and support for our children.”

Angie McCrae, president of the Springs Close Foundation, presented another surprise to the Lunch and Learn program.

School Board member Wyndie Havnaer is stepping down after a four-year term with the Springs Close Foundation’s Community Advisory Council. For her years of service, the Council gave Havnaer the chance to allocate money to organizations of her choosing and she chose to support the Lunch and Learn program with another $4,000. McCrae presented it to Bogan at the board meeting.

Bogan said the program aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping at-risk children succeed in school. The grants help pay for food, bus drivers and a teacher, Bogan said.

For more information about the program, call the school district at 548-2527.

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