Retired teachers raise $1,425 to benefit local backpack program

Posted October 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

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The Clinton County Retired Teachers Association recently completed a very successful fund-raising effort that saw the group able to donate $1,425 that will be used directly to address the student hunger problem in Clinton County.

In the above photo, Clinton RTA President Connie Armstrong is shown handing a check to Rev. Bobby Grant, who initiated the local backpack feeding program several years ago.

In addition to several retired teachers who are members of the local RTA shown in the photo during last week’s meeting and presentation, also pictured near the center of the frame is Tonya Thrasher, a Youth Services Center Coordinator for Clinton County Schools, from where the backpack program is operated. Also pictured is Clinton County Superintendent Tim Parson.

The program is designed to help communities such as Albany and Clinton County address the issue of students not getting enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle when they are not in the school setting.

Students are sent home with backpacks filled with food they can eat during the evenings and on weekends.

Armstrong also said that in addition to the funds that were raised and donated by the retired teachers, the drive also produced a considerable amount of school supplies that were also directed to the various Youth Resource Centers within the Clinton County Schools.

The local program was coordinated in conjunction with the 2019-2020 KRTA/AARP – KY Yes, We Can Feed Kentucky Project.