BackPack Program off to a great start

Warren County School District Board Member Paul Mangione (right) representing the Warren Elks Lodge recently presented a check from the lodge to Allegheny Valley Elementary School (AVES) Principal Steve Parinella in the amount of $750 to support the schools BackPack Program. The BackPack Program, which is run by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, provides needy children with nutritious, child-friendly food when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals or snacks, are not available. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to participating children at schools on Fridays. This program helps provide the proper nutrition necessary for overall growth, physical and cognitive development and satisfactory performance in school. This is the first year for the program at AVES, and, thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, the program has gotten off to a very successful start. After the great success and support received at AVES a second program was launched at Youngsville Elementary Middle School (YEMS) with similar results. Pictured below are Mangione, Pastor Nelson (of Evangelical United Methodist Church), and Eric Mineweaser (Principal YEMS).