Blake Manor Elementary School held a special ceremony for 17 student volunteers on Thursday.
Members of the Serving Our School (SOS) Club received recognition for their Bulldog Backpack Program in front of parents, school leaders, district administrators, and local organizations. The program involves students collaborating in the process of receiving, sorting, storing, arranging, and packing backpacks full of food. On Fridays, members give these backpacks to fellow BME students that are economically disadvantaged, ensuring that they will have plenty of food throughout the weekend.
The program began last year in an effort to address the basic nutritional needs of students at BME. Volunteers donate their time after school throughout the week to plan, fill, and donate the backpacks. Children receive the backpacks anonymously, and return them on Mondays. The Bulldog Backpack Program currently serves backpacks to 65 students. As a way to say thank you, Pete Inman and Mark Greiner, Ambassador's with Christ Together Greater Austin promised to match every donation to help the SOS Club.
In November, the club was invited to Amy's Ice Cream to meet and discuss their work with the company's Executive team. The students were even featured on Univision Austin.
The club is always looking for donations. If you would like to donate money, contact Amy Hagen at 512-813-5918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For food donations, contact BME Counselor Janet Ward at 512-278-4205 or email@example.com.