For drivers wondering why some of Kodiak's
yellow school lights continue to flash even though school is out for summer, it
turns out there is a good reason. It also turns out there is such a thing as a
free lunch, at least for children in Kodiak.
The flashing yellow lights on Mill Bay by
the ballfield, on Rezanof by Kodiak Middle School and on Powell at Main
Elementary School will remain on
because of three activities for children taking place throughout most of the
summer at Main. Among those programs is the Kodiak Island Borough School District's
free lunch program. Sandy Daws is the purchasing supervisor for the school
district. She said free lunch is served weekdays at the school and at some
village schools through August 14th.
1 27 sec. "The program is open to ... their
kids in their community.")
said the program, which began June 1st, started out slowly but is
gradually picking up steam. She also said parents can join their children for
lunch for a small fee.
2 24 sec. "We have grown every single week
... cents for a meal.")
Daws said that meal is
essentially the type of lunch students would expect to get at
their school cafeteria during the school year.
3 20 sec. "It's a school lunch ... everybody
comes and enjoys it.")
programs being offered weekday mornings at the school include the state
mandated Extended School Year program for qualifying special
needs students and the Kodiak
Center, or KACLAC, program.
Marilyn Davidson, the school district's Director of Instruction, said the
KACLAC program has been funded by a grant from the Alaska Department of
Education for the last five years.
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participated in this program.")
Daws said she
hopes to be able to extend the free lunch program, which is funded by the State
Department of Education and Early Development, to the rest of Kodiak
Island's village schools next year. All children 18 and under are
welcome and do not have to be KIBSD students or even residents of Kodiak to
partake. The KACLAC program ends this week, but the Extended School Year
program will continue. Free lunch is served at Main Elementary Monday through Friday from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m.