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Myers-Wilkins elementary in need of non-perishable items for families before school closure

Myers-Wilkins Elementary is busy.

"We've been putting out donations since school started this morning," said Social Emotional Learning Specialist, Liz Baczkiewicz.

After a call for food donations on Facebook Sunday, they have been coming in all morning.

"We've had a steady stream of people dropping stuff off," said Baczkiewicz.

A community coming together and making sure no child goes hungry.

"It's pretty exciting to see the outpouring support for our kids," said Baczkiewicz.

Myers-Wilkins serves 450 students, more than 80% of them qualify for free or reduced lunches.

"A lot of our parents are working shift work, paycheck to paycheck, getting paid hourly, so we have big concerns for them," said Families in Transition Program Teacher, Stacey Achterhoff.

The school is asking for non-perishable food items but is also accepting household ones too.

"We are also looking for some personal hygiene items, a bar of soap, toilet paper, and household cleaning products," said Achterhoff.

Families are able to grab a bag and fill it up for free.

School officials hope this helps ease the stress on families during this time and remind the children they are still there for them.

"It's a time for families to pull together, we have to focus on taking care of each other and making kids feel connected to school even when they are away from us," said Achterhoff.

If you'd like to donate, Myers-Wilkins is accepting donations today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to noon.

Laura MacArthur Elementary is also accepting non-perishable food donations.

You can stop by there until 7 p.m. tonight and Tuesday- 7:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Lyanne Valdez

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