Church helps Bester students pay for lunch

May 10, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown has a benefactor that helps pay for lunches for some of its students, Principal Drenna Reineck said.

Since September 2002, a monthly financial gift of $100 from Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown helps ensure that students get lunches at the school, she said.

It is hard to think when your stomach is growling, Reineck said.

The school has a high poverty rate, she said.

The Rev. Betty Jones, the pastor of Trinity Bible Church, said the church wanted to do something to help local students.

She met with the school principal and was encouraged to make the donations, she said.

Reineck said the donation helps pay for students who do not have money for lunch and, consequently, helps the school avoid having any school lunch debt at the end of the year, she said.


Gary Dodds, Washington County Public Schools' supervisor of food and nutrition, praised the church for its donation.

"It is a wonderful gesture for the church to take on that responsibility," Dodds said.

Jones said the church may expand its gift in the future, perhaps giving $50 to other schools to help pay for students' lunch expenses.

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