Flat Lick receives blessing for backpack program

The Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club provided a Thanksgiving blessing to students at Flat Lick Elementary School.

During a check presentation held at the school prior to Thanksgiving break, woman’s club co-treasurer Tonya Castle and member Pam Bargo presented principal Steve Partin with a check for $750 to go towards the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Each week students at Flat Lick receive a backpack full of nutritious meals and snacks that they can eat during the weekend to bridge the gap between lunch at school on Friday and breakfast on Monday.

According to Partin, donations for the program have decreased in the past months however the school is still able to ensure that their students have food available for when school is not in session.  The school has an enrollment of around 200 students, many of whom look forward to each week’s backpack full of ready to eat or easy to prepare food items.

Flat Lick has partnered with Long’s Pic Pac of Pineville to provide items for the backpacks.   The food is delivered to school each Thursday to allow support staff and students enough time to sort and pack backpacks for distribution on Friday afternoon.

The Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club donation was made possible by funds raised during the annual Daniel Boone Festival coronation, which is the club’s flagship fundraiser.

Individuals or organizations that would like to contribute to Flat Lick’s Blessings in a Backpack program can contact principal Steve Partin at (606)542-4712.