LIMA — Lima schools will be adding some summer fun to next week’s lunch distribution.
With the help of the Lima Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, Grant Sullivan, Larry Webb and Jeff Fitzgerald, the district raised more than $800 to purchase toys and coloring books for students to pick out.
“The concern became that as we saw things continue to close in the community, we really started to wonder what the opportunities would be for our kids to just be able to have fun as kids typically would do in the summer,” said Superintendent Jill Ackerman. “It really just became a brainstorm of how could we serve these kids beyond the academics and even the lunches to get something out there in the hands of kids and take them back to the traditional playing that we did when we were young.”
With the help of the donors, students will be able to select from a wide variety of toys including kites, jump ropes, Frisbees, bats, kickballs, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Play-Doh and coloring books at Monday’s summer lunch distribution from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Freedom, Heritage, Independence and Unity elementaries, Liberty Arts Magnet School and North Middle School.
Unlike regular distribution days, the students will need to be present and will be able to select a few options of their choosing. It is open to students of all ages on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“On behalf of Rotary, this is what the club is about,” said president Ken Dysert. “Certain needs come up throughout the year with different groups and organizations, and we definitely like supporting our kids. This was the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
After connecting with Rotary and Kiwanis, the call for donations made it out into the community where other individuals and businesses jumped on board, including Larry Webb of Webb Insurance Agency Inc.
“I just think it’s another example of how Lima City Schools is kind of a tie that binds the community together that does this kind of stuff all the time,” Webb said.
Monday’s lunch will include a hot ready-to-eat boxed meal with an additional sack lunch for Tuesday and two breakfast meals. If there are remaining toys after Monday’s distribution, they will continue to be passed out until gone.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.