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UPDATE: The pilot program discussed below has been delayed until the summer of 2014, according to organizer Beth Cavallaro.
“The response actually outweighed the available funding to support this year, and we are unable to secure the additional money needed,” she wrote in an email. “Our only option is to wait until next year, which will allow for additional funding options such as grants that we were not eligible for this year.”
The original article appears below:
Children eligible for a free or reduced lunch at school often depend on the program for healthy meals, but are left without the opportunity once the school year ends, borough resident Beth Cavallaro told the Barrington School District Board of Education this month.
That’s why the “Cracked Egg” organization formed to bring the community together last fall in an attempt to break the world record for the egg toss is working on a new program to benefit children in need, she said.
“Children will be able to attend the summer recreational program free of charge and will be provided with a nutritious lunch and snack,” Cavallaro told the Bulletin. “We want to ensure these kids continue to keep active during the summer and receive a nutritious lunch.”
The Cracked Egg Foundation — which Cavallaro said may be renamed into something “more community focused” such as “The Barrington Children’s First Foundation” — will run a pilot program this year for Barrington students entering kindergarten through 4th grade who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.
By partnering with Police Benevolent Association Local 328 — the union representing officers in Barrington, Audubon, Haddon Heights and Haddonfield will donate about $3,000, she said — Cavallaro hopes to expand the program to more communities and more age groups in coming years.
“We are considering them our partner in this initiative,” Cavallaro said. ” Not only will they be providing financial support, but they plan to spend time with the children during the six weeks getting to know them, answering questions and helping by being role models.”
The program also will be looking to local businesses for support, Cavallaro said. And it will work to ensure families in need can connect with other groups in town such as ABLE, local churches and the borough for additional support.
“Our main goal is the children,” Cavallaro said.
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Beth Cavallaro can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856) 323-8493.