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More than $4000 donated for delinquent lunch accounts

      

 More than $4000 has been given to Mustang Public Schools in recent weeks to pay for delinquent lunch accounts for families facing financial hardship. The Silver Stallion, Lakehoma Church of Christ, and Mustang North Middle School grandfather Eric Moreau have given this year along with an $800 donation from anonymous donors to Prairie View Elementary. 
      Child Nutrition Director Tammy Bales said the need is especially dire right after the holidays. She was presented with a check for $2,000 from The Silver Stallion last week that can be used anywhere in the district. 

      “Looking at accounts with $10 in charges and above, we can immediately knock out $1000 of charges that would cause kids to get an alternate meal,” Bales said. “That’s wonderful. That will give many parents some time to recover after the holidays.”      
      Tamara McEntire with The Silver Stallion said the fundraiser started with collection jars to help a local family with a child battling cancer but money kept coming in. 

      “We started fundraising three weeks before Christmas,” McEntire said. “We had a benefit one night where we had auction items and there was so much raised we thought, ‘Why just one family?’”       
      When one patron said “I looked forward to going to school so I could eat,” they knew the decision to help with school lunches was the right one. 

“The response was overwhelming,” McEntire said. “People are very generous.” 

      One gentleman matched what was raised with $1400 in cash. 

      Eric Moreau, a grandfather raising a grandson who attends Mustang North Middle School, has given around $700 this school year earmarked to help MNMS students. A crane operator, Moreau said he’ll keep giving as long as he keeps working in the oil field. 

      Lakehoma Church of Christ also gave $500 to Centennial Elementary before the holidays. The church adopted the school and has done the landscaping around Centennial for the past two years. They also provide food for the teacher’s appreciation week. 

      Pastor James Waugh said his church is trying to meet the needs of the school. 

      “The members of our church really have a heart for this,” Waugh said. “We’ve decided this will be our outreach to the community.” 
Bales cannot say thank you enough. 

      “It is difficult to be in a position where you’re caught between having a self sustaining budget and having students who end up with charges on their account,” Bales said. “After so many charges, and after contacting parents to let them know their account is delinquent, students receive an alternate meal. For some, they may not turn in their lunch money because they prefer the alternate meal, which is typically peanut butter and jelly. But for others, their families are truly in need. The generosity of this community brings me to tears.”  

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