Fundraiser planned to pay for school meals

Robert Smith

The assistant superintendent of Pawhuska Public Schools said Friday that plans are being made for a fundraiser that will help the community address the issue of unpaid school meal bills.

Assistant Superintendent Beverly Moore has taken up the cause of solving this problem, and she noted that community members have generously tried to help. She recently placed a post on Facebook, and said the school district has received some $250 in donations in response to that post, and she has been alerted to more possible donations.

In addition to those individual acts of generosity, Moore said plans are being made for an Indian Taco Dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Buffalo Joe’s Restaurant in Pawhuska that would allow the community as a whole to try to wipe out the school meal debt. The school district is planning to circulate a flyer about the dinner.

Moore said school employees and some first-responders had agreed to provide labor for the fundraiser, and efforts were still in progress to attract more first-responders.

Moore told the Journal-Capital this Tuesday that she anticipated receiving price information later in the day regarding the Indian Taco Dinner fundraiser. The newspaper will publish that information as it becomes available.

Pawhuska Public Schools had more than $5,000 in unpaid meal charges for the 2018-19 school year, and it collects on those bills as it can. Moore said Tuesday that the current balance for upaid meal charges was $3,223.59.

The school district does continue to provide food for students whose families have unpaid meal debt, but the debt must eventually be paid by someone.

Moore said Tuesday that she had also received word about a group of ladies in town planning a meat pie sale on Friday to help raise money to cover unpaid meal debt.