Covington schools to implement food program

COVINGTON — The Covington Exempted Village School District heard from guidance counselor Lauren Bell during its regular meeting Wednesday regarding the creation of an additional food program for the district.

“Bonnie (Flora) and I started talking about a couple months ago about ways we could get food to some of our students that we’re worried don’t have access to or just don’t have enough food on the weekends,” Bell said. “I know we, unfortunately, have some students that really rely on the meals that they get here at school, so we wanted to be able to offer them some supplies, so they could count on those meals on the weekends and possibly on holidays, as well.”

Bell said she and Flora began reaching out to local organizations to see if any would be interested in partnering with the school for this project. Bell said this food program could be used alongside the national “Seamless Summer” feeding program implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to Bell, the Seamless Summer program provides students with breakfast and lunch for days when school is closed, and the new proposed program would supplement that with additional snack and drink options.

Ideally, Bell said, these meals will be provided to students each Friday, or the day before a holiday break, for them to take home. Bell added that any student will have the opportunity to sign up for the program.

The board recognized the achievements of students Teylor Meyer and Lilly Hughes. The two students won first place at the National FFA Convention in October for their “Bark to the Beat” project.

“It’s a big deal when your kids win a national competition,” Superintendent Gene Gooding said. “We’re very proud of these girls, and the beat goes on with the FFA program; they’re doing a great job.”

The board also recognized Covington students Randy Anthony, Rochele Besecker, Austin Davis, Macey Delk, Morgan Fairchild, Alijaha Haught, Job Morgan, Chelsea Poling, David Robinson, and Sage Staten for being inducted into the 2020-2021 Upper Valley Career Center Honor Society.

“This is a fantastic achievement,” Gooding said. “These are some of the best and brightest and we’re very proud of them.”

Students must maintain a 3.5 or above grade point average, have at least 95 percent attendance, and be recommended by an instructor within their program to qualify for induction into the club.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the following three donations to the district: $11,910 from the Felger Memorial Trust to the Felger Scholarship Fund; $3,168 from the Miami County Foundation to go toward 20 exterior picnic tables; and $2,225 from numerous donors to go toward various track and field 5K events.

• Approved Ashley Johnson as a girls basketball volunteer coach; and Alex Hoying as a boys basketball volunteer.

• Announced the cancellation of the eighth grade Smoky Mountain trip due to COVID-19.

• Approved Stephanie Robinson as board secretary, effective Jan. 4, 2021.

• Held an executive session to discuss personnel, with no action taken.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.