PLATTSMOUTH – One of the top goals of Plattsmouth Community Schools is to ensure children can achieve academic success with a stomach full of nutritional food.
PCS officials are sponsoring a new program to help make that possible throughout the district.
Plattsmouth has launched the Blue Bucks program for all students in the school system. The Blue Bucks account is reserved specifically for the school lunch program and comes from public donations. Blue Bucks funds may be applied to a student’s lunch account that has a negative amount in it. This ensures all students attending classes have equal opportunities to a hot lunch during the day.
Low-income families may not have enough food items in their home for children to eat on a regular basis. School meals may be the only food available to students. Many studies have shown that children learn more in their classrooms and have happier lives when they receive nutrition from regular school meals.
School counselors, social workers and food service representatives at Plattsmouth work together to determine a need for the Blue Bucks program. In addition to assisting with the lunch accounts of individual students, they can also direct families to other resources that may be available to them in the community. Families can then choose to help others in Plattsmouth with a host of volunteer opportunities.
OPAA! Food Management began serving food in the Plattsmouth district in the 2016-17 academic year. The company has partnered with the school system to create additional funds for the Blue Bucks program.
OPAA! Nutrition Services Director Michael Holland, OPAA! baker Teresa Anderson, PCS Social Worker Keryl Mines and Plattsmouth student Alyx Curran-Lewis recently teamed up for a fund-raiser for the program. OPAA! donated cookies that were sold to bolster the Blue Bucks account.
Plattsmouth’s summer meal program has been extended through July 31. Free breakfast will be available for all children ages 1-18 at Plattsmouth High School. Breakfast will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the PHS commons.
Area residents who would like to provide funds for the Blue Bucks program may contact Plattsmouth High School at 402-296-3361 or www.pcsd.org.