School of Education Serves Up Assistance to Storm Lake Elementary School

Students and faculty from BVU's School of Education presented funds to help pay for school lunches at Storm Lake Elementary School. The funds came from a silent auction held on campus.

Several BVU School of Education students joined Dr. Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Leslie Haas, Assistant Professor of Education, in presenting a check for $367 to Storm Lake Elementary School Principal Barb Lange on Thursday. 

The funds came from a silent auction the School of Education held at BVU’s staff/faculty holiday party in December. The check is earmarked for a school lunch fund at the elementary school, a site that often faces a lunch-fund deficit at month’s end. Despite showing a deficit, the school district never denies a child a meal, whether or not the child’s family has the ability to pay. 

“We very much appreciate this donation,” says Lange, a 1992 BVU graduate. “We never want to see a student go hungry, and efforts like this help us to get every one of our children the nutrition their growing minds and bodies need. Community support, and gifts like this from BVU, go a long way to helping us achieve our goals as a school serving more than 1,000 children each day.”

The School of Education, according to Monroe-Baillargeon, voted to dedicate half of the funds to BVU’s Alternative Week of Learning (AWOL), representing a global reach, while half went to the elementary school for a local effort.

“We have 40 BVU School of Education taking classes and then working with elementary students here each day,” Monroe-Baillargeon says. “And the school welcomes us with open arms, allowing us to put into practice the concepts we’re learning. It’s a total win-win situation as we hope these students one day soon become teachers.”

During the January Interim period, two BVU education classes meet daily at Storm Lake Elementary School, one taught by Monroe-Baillargeon and one taught by Haas.