Our GEEP (Giles Early Education Project) group is so proud of this program. This launch is the 6th summer where we set up art/activities and books in the cafeteria where free lunch is being served. The only meal of the day for many of these children.
When she heard that the County was initiating a free summer lunch program in a county where almost half of our children receive free lunches during the school year, GEEP‘s Lynn Hill set into action, and the Lunch Bunch was created!
GEEP spent the weekend of June 14th setting up two school cafeterias with every art supply you could imagine, also books, games and reading corners. Friday was my first day working a shift. Watching ‘our kids,’ seeing those hyper little ones with bug-bitten skinny legs, the sniff-sniffing of those pubescents who started out with us as 6 and 7 year olds, the little 6 year old who discovered she could paint (& REALLY could!), the super talkative teen mom with her two kids (& on her way to pick up her 2 step kids), that whole crazy mixed-up crowd we'd never know if it weren't for GEEP and, for our friend Lynn’s magnificent vision....
Watching all that nearly took my breath away.