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Kitchen Staff provides meals for kids
Kitchen Staff provides meals for kids
Doug Johnson
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Since the last day of classes March 16 all employees of the Dayton School District have been working together to provide for the needs of our students. One of the first programs to be put in place was food services, not only for our students but any child age 0-18 currently living in Dayton. Beginning on March 23 a lunch and a breakfast was available for pick up at the elementary multi-purpose room or delivered by bus to many of our bus stops in town or a van to some families living in the country. Currently the district is serving an average of 175 lunches and 175 breakfast meals to children in Dayton.

The District’s kitchen staff Mikki Smith, Susan Richter, and Allicia Stapleton have not missed a beat as all of them have kept a regular schedule during the closure to prepare nutritious and tasty sack meals to children. Supervisor Jana Eaton has kept the supplies coming, looked for potential menu ideas, and organized additional volunteers to put the meals together and make them available. Bus drivers Terry Lambert, Wes Harting, Sam Korslund, and Scott Kirk have been delivering meals using the bus and van along with a number of teachers and other staff volunteers.

The recent announcement that students and staff will not be allowed to return to the school buildings this year makes it likely meals will continue to be provided at least through June 19. Children or parents may pick up meals at the elementary school between 11-12 Monday through Friday. Beginning April 13 meals will be doubled up on Thursday and there will not be deliveries/pick up available on Friday. If you need assistance contact Jana Eaton at the District office 509-382-2543.