AHS students prepare weekend food packages for fellow students

Though all Amsterdam students receive free breakfast and lunch during school hours, once the school bell rings Friday afternoon, their bellies may not be filled again until Monday morning.

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) at Greater Amsterdam School District is working to change that.

The program, operating thanks to a New York state grant through Fulton-Montgomery Community College, serves Amsterdam students in K-12. LPP students participate in a Service Learning project and have they picked The Weekend Backpack Program as a way to fulfill that requirement.

Each week students pack bags for specific students to take home and enjoy.

LPP was given a check for $3,000 for the Weekend Backpack program by Children’s Aid Association. On Friday, Children’s Aid Association board member Deanna Palczak presented the check to LPP Counselor Kathie LaBarge.

LPP high school students have also organized a bowling fundraiser for Sunday, Jan. 28, a staff basketball game in March, will hold bake sales, sell chocolate and hope to organize a color run.

For more information or to make a donation, contact LaBarge at klabarge@gasd.org.