North Belt students give back in special service project
North Belt Elementary Counselor Kara Peck and the Houston Food Bank are providing a group of children with weekend backpacks containing food. Mrs. Peck instigated the program in Humble ISD a few years ago, and about 15 campuses now participate. Mrs. Peck also leads service projects, with help from the Humble ISD Education Foundation, in which children who receive meals were able to give back by volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.
The Houston Food Bank Backpack Buddy Program allows 45 North Belt Elementary students to take home a bag of food every Friday. Students in the program were selected by their teachers, school nurse and Mrs. Peck. These students may skip meals over the weekend because they are dependent on the school breakfast and lunch during the week for nutrition. The Backpack Buddy program allows students to eat during the weekend.
Mrs. Peck started having conversations with the students about how the Houston community truly supports and loves them and the students decided they also wanted to help others. Through a grant from the Humble ISD Education, transportation is provided twice a year for the Backpack Buddy students to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. The students most recently visited on Nov. 12 and packed over 8,000 boxes of food for families during the Holiday Season.
On, Friday Dec. 9, ABC13 will air a Special Season of Sharing story from 9-10 a.m. that will highlight the program and North Belt Elementary and how it has helped families.