Family dinners may be coming to NorKam secondary
The Kamloops-Thompson board of education will be asked to approve a recommendation on Monday, Jan. 28, that will move a hungry-child initiative a step closer to implementation.
A report by Karl deBruijn, assistant superintendent of education, recommends family dinners suggested in a proposal from the Rotary Club of Kamloops — which pitched the initiative to the school district in December — be scheduled for Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, March 13 and March 27 and April 10 and April 24.
The dinners would be served in the NorKam secondary cafeteria at 7 p.m.
The school district would provide the venue for free and the service club would provide the food, volunteers to prepare and serve the meals and cleanup.
NorKa, chef Scott Roberts has offered to help with the first meal to familiarize the volunteers with procedures.
The report from deBruijn recommends a second phase of the initiative that would see the school district work with the Kamloops Food Bank, Rotaract and other organizations to create a model that will enable schools to supply, store and distribute healthy breakfasts to needy children.
Distribution would involve confidentiality for the students.
The Rotarians are looking for four schools to work with to develop and pilot a model program.
Trustees will consider the report at their Monday meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the school-district office,1383 Ninth Ave.