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Optimist’s wild game feed nets $2,650 for school lunch account
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 05. 2013 10:05AM
Proceeds from a wild game feed held in January will replenish student lunch account funds at Brandon Valley Schools for months to come.

Last week, the Brandon Valley Optimist Club handed over $2,650 – their highest donation ever – from the organization’s annual wild game feed.

The $2,560 donation will go far in assisting Brandon Valley students.

“Every $100 helps about eight students,” Anderson said. “So you’re helping a lot of kids, which is really great.”

Anderson said there is an ongoing financial need in student’s lunch accounts, but stressed that the need in the district isn’t “extreme.”

If a student’s lunch account has a zero or negative balance, the student won’t go hungry, as they’re provided a cheese sandwich and milk.

“But we don’t like having to go to a cheese sandwich and milk,” Anderson said. “We go to extreme lengths to avoid that.”

Superintendent Dave Pappone pointed out that the funds don’t solely cover student lunch expenses. Funds are also directed to student breakfast and milk break costs.

“This fund can help those kinds of needs of as well,” he said. “This fills the crack between people who qualify (for free and reduced lunch) and those who don’t qualify.
… There are a lot of people on the edge, and this helps not to single a kid out.”

Hundreds of people attended the wild game feed, which was held at 212 – The Boiling Point. The local establishment closes their kitchen down for the evening, an act the Optimists are ever grateful for.

Many local hunters donated an assortment of wild game to the event, including pheasant, geese, duck, caribou, elk, venison and more.
The Brandon Valley Optimist Club meets at 7 a.m. at Tailgator’s Sports Bar & Grill on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. New members are always welcome.

Optimist member Dave Kull said club members believe their donation is going to a good cause.

“We’ve found this program to be extremely worthwhile and it’s something we can support and get around,” he said.





The Brandon Valley Optimist Club presented a check for $2,650 to the Brandon Valley School District's "Lunch Account Angel Fund" last week. The organization raised the money at their annual wild game feed. Pictured are, from left, seated: Optimist members Corey Lichty, Wendi Olson and Matt Krivarchka; row two: Tom Wullstein, Paul VanDeBerg, Shanna Fox, Jon Hartsuiker, Gay Anderson (BVSD Food Services Director), Superintendent Dave Pappone and Mike Anderson. Not pictured are Optimist Club members Todd Winkel and Dave Kull. Photo by Jill Meier



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