Serving quietly, supporting quietly, helping quietly
“This is my supper.” Student states after taking a banana and breakfast bar. “I don’t get much, if any food at home.” These statements are heard far too often by teachers, staff and administration, to help with situations like these the Critical Needs Program was established.
The Critical Needs Program is organized by the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation to ensure that each and every student who needs help with basic needs receives support. A school administrator states, “We are seeing a greater number of middle school students who do not even have a winter coat. Actually, some students are constantly moving from house to house of friends, because they no longer have support from their family.”
When basic or critical needs such as winter weather gear, school supplies, meals, health related needs, etc., are not met, students struggle to learn and receive a valuable education.
These youth are often at-risk of missing many days of school or dropping out altogether. Meeting these basic needs helps support a positive learning environment, because when basic needs are not being met students are not able to focus or learn.
Critical Needs Program Supports:
- Critical needs funds to all 23 schools
- Homeless Program
- Got No Milk Program
- Elementary Snack Program
- Emergency Lunch needs
- Fargo North Open Door Hybrid Pantry
- Fargo South Bruin Hybrid Pantry
- Davies Eagle Cupboard Hybrid Pantry
- Woodrow Wilson The Source Hybrid Pantry
- Liz’s Closet, supplies all three middle schools with critical and basic needs for students