Both programs provide the weekly Backpack Program, ensuring kids have healthy meal options over the weekend. They also work together to offer the monthly Dare to Care Mobile Food Bank. Both also support the cost of field trips and offer assistance with providing snacks to classrooms. Hartford oversees an after-school tutoring program at HCMS while Ingram hosts the GEMS program at each elementary school – a confidence-building series that prepares fifth-grade girls to transition to the middle school.
Need school supplies? See Miss Renata, Miss Chastity or Miss Debbie. Ripped your pants on the playground? Miss Renata can find a replacement pair for you. Break your glasses for the third time this school year? Miss Chastity or Miss Debbie can help your family with another pair. Your family need a little help getting cleaning supplies or personal hygiene items, call Miss Chastity. Our FRYSC facilitates dental, vision and medical care, if needed and can help high-schoolers with the cost of purchasing dresses and renting tuxedos for prom, and even buying their caps and gowns for graduation or making sure they have dress shoes to wear for the big day.
The HCPS FRYSC also hosts a number of events, and have been very creative with continuing to offer them in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic. They offer free school supplies at the Back to School Bash. They organize Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for families in need. Our FRYSC coordinates the Christmas for Kids program, and the annual Breakfast with Santa. They transform the middle school commons area into a wonderland for the Daddy-Daughter Dance. They also participate in the Community Baby Shower, supporting the newest members of our community. They are quick to sign up to host tables at parent outreach nights, and will happily don a Halloween costume to hand out treats to kiddos.
“As I have said many times, a program is only as good as the person behind it. Our FRYSC folks make their program what it is. They contribute countless hours, including evenings and weekends, all without a complaint or a moan about what they do because they do it for our kids,” Price said. “All of these ladies have great personal and professional initiative that make our district’s program stand out from the rest. We are very lucky to have them, and especially our students and families who benefit from their efforts. They are an integral part of our educational team.”
Thank you Miss Renata, Miss Chastity and Miss Debbie for all that you do for Henry County Public Schools! We love our FRYSC!