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Free Lunch and Story Telling for Kids

July 09, 2007 00:00


Free Lunches and Story Telling – A Winning Combination in Rockwood

Portland/Gresham, Oregon – The Rockwood Weed and Seed Steering Committee is proud to present Rockwood Read and Seed Summertime Stories at select Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites. Rockwood Weed and Seed will provide storytellers and puppeteers to inspire creative imagining and will hold book give-aways to encourage reading during the summer break. Youth are also encouraged to participate in summer reading programs through their local libraries.

Read and Seed sites include Arbor Glen Apartments, Glenfair Elementary, Lynch View Elementary, Lynch Wood Elementary, The PAL Youth Center, and The Pines Apartments. On Friday, July 13, 2007 at 10:30 am, Penny the Puppeteer and per puppet friends will tell stories, educate and entertain kids and parents alike at Glenfair Elementary, 15300 NE Glisan.

The free lunch program, which starts serving daily at 11:30 am, is provided to all eligible children free of charge. No application or proof of income is needed in Rockwood target areas. Furthermore, children who are part of households that receive food stamps or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided for all enrolled children. USDA and the State of Oregon are equal opportunity providers and employers.

SFSP is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a free lunch program with a summer activities. “Children in our community do not need to go hungry this summer,” said Rockwood VITA Center Coordinator Sarah Broderick. “And inspiring their minds through storytelling activities is an added bonus!”

This program is intended to provide free lunch to children. However, in some cases, sites can sell meals to parents for a small fee, or provide free meals to parent volunteers. Check with staff at your local site. For locations and times across Oregon call SAFENET at 1-800-723-3638 or visit

Weed and Seed is a community revitalization strategy that combines different aspects of community development and law enforcement to reclaim, restore and rebuild neighborhoods. Rockwood received Official Recognition as a “Weed & Seed” Site in January 2002. The Police Activities League (PAL) is the sponsoring agency for Weed & Seed and provides on-going support for its programs.

The summer storytelling schedule is: July 13: Penny the Puppeteer , Glenfair Elementary School, 15300 NE Glisan at 10:30 am.; July 20: Will Hornyak, Arbor Glen Apartments, 2609 SE 145th at 11:00 am, Lynch View Elementary, 1546 SE 169th Place at 12:15 pm and Glenfair Elementary, 15300 NE Glisan at 1:30 pm; July 27: Penny the Puppeteer, Arbor Glen Apartments, 2609 SE 145th at 11:00 am; August 3: Will Hornyak, The Pines Apartments, 140 SE 188th at 11:00 am, The PAL Youth Center, 424 NE 172nd at 11:45 am, Lynch Wood Elementary, 3615 SE 174th at 12:45 pm; August 10: Christopher Leebrick, Lynch View Elementary, 1546 SE 169th at 12:00 pm, and Lynch Wood Elementary, 3615 SE 174th at 12:45 pm; and August 14: Brenda Detering, Arbor Glen Apartments, 2609 SE 145th at 11:00 am, and The PAL Youth Center, 424 NE 172nd at 12:00 pm.

For more information about Rockwood Weed & Seed strategies or to get involved, please contact Sarah Broderick, 503-816-1530. For general information about the Police Activities League (PAL) and other summer programs, please call 503-823-0250.


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