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Local students raise money with valentine sales for Blessings in a Bag back pack program

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The Blessing in a Bag back pack program received a very special surprise earlier this year from the Student Council members of Fort Lupton’s Twombly Elementary School.

    These students  — Jackie Andrade, Viviana Retana, Dylan Baker, Lili Osuma, Deyjah Martinez, Jossilyn Ellerd, Ben Cardenas and Kalinna Hernandez — sold valentines on Valentine’s Day and delivered them for a donation to the Blessings in a Bag back pack program. Andrea Moser is their sponsor.
    The amount of $124 was presented to Sue Hubert and Donna Howard, members of the board. The money will be used to buy food for the back pack program. Seventy-five percent of Twombly students and 73 percent at Butler are on free or reduced lunch.
    The program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school holidays. The bags are filled with food that is child friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified.
    The bags are discreetly distributed to the children on the last day of school before the weekend. The program is serving 84 children weekly at Twombly and 53 at Butler.
    The ability to concentrate and remember is enhanced when the body is well nourished. Better test scores, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
    A big thank you to those generous students for their time and effort.