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Elks Lodge Provides Funds for Program

The District’s partnership program has once again received generous funding from the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619. Representatives from the organization recently presented donations and received recognition from the district during a Board of Education meeting.

The Ballston Spa Elks Lodge continues to be a consistent supporter of the Scotties BackPack Program.  For the 2020-21 school year they have provided $3,500 to assist with supplying weekend meals to students who may otherwise go without.

In collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the district launched the Scotties BackPack Program in 2017 at Milton Terrace Elementary School and has now expanded to all four elementary schools. The program provides a bag of easy-to-prepare food to selected students each week to eat throughout the weekend. 

The program started with providing weekend meals to 30 students and now provides food for more than 180 students in the district. The cost to provide weekend meals for one student for the school year is $183. Revenue to support the program is raised by individual and corporate donations as well as through any available grant sources.