Lots going on this summer to help kids

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:30am
  • Opinion

The final bell has rung and the last bus departed, but the work to support our students and families continues to be a priority for the Marysville School District and its community partners over the summer.

In our effort to assure our students continue to eat healthy, and thanks to the district’s summer meal program, kids and teens can eat free at nine facilities from June 25 to Aug. 17. Locations include: Allen Creek, Cascade, Liberty, Shoultes and Quil Ceda Tulalip elementary schools; Beach Street Boys and Girls Club; the Wellington and Cedar Grove apartments; and a new location at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

The program is free to those age 18 and younger, and your child does not need to be enrolled in school to participate. Adults 19 and older can also participate for $4 for breakfast and $4.50 for lunch. Lunch and breakfast times, addresses and additional details can be found at www.bit.ly/SummerMeals2018.

This summer, we also need your help “Stuffing the Bus” with school supplies. Working on the campaign are the local Salvation Army, Food Bank, Parks Department and many more business and nonprofits.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, there are many ways to help. The campaign will kick off July 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marysville Grocery Outlet and Coastal Farm and Ranch sites on State Street.

Supplies will continue to be collected until Aug. 10. Financial donations can be made online at www.bit.ly/SchoolSuppliesDonation.

Volunteers for the kickoff, sorting and organizing, and distribution can sign up at www.bit.ly/STB2018Volunteers.

A variety of locations are collecting supplies, including the school district service center, all city of Marysville buildings, the Marysville library and more. Just look for the red Food Bank barrels with a bus added. Details can be found at www.bit.ly/STB2018Locations.

If you need school supplies for fall, you can find an application form at www.bit.ly/suppliesneedsapp or stop in the Marysville Salvation Army at 7227 44th Ave. NE.

You can also help your child keep their mind sharp over the summer.

Several school libraries will be open, and Kellogg Marsh Elementary will continue the Reading on the Road Program in partnership with the Marysville North County YMCA.

All kids are invited to receive healthy snacks, take home a free book, and get active. The Kellogg Marsh team will be located at the Cedar Grove and Cedars on 67th apartments every Wednesday from July 19 to Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon. The Marysville Library has many great summer programs for kids and families. Learn more at www.sno-isle.org.

Finally, the city of Marysville has many offerings with their parks, summer camps and children’s concerts and movies. Learn more at www.marysvillewa.gov.

Emily Wicks is the communications director with the Marysville School District, whose column runs monthly.

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