Schools, library to once again host summer nutrition program

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published May 20, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Children in the community once again will be able to partake in the free summer nutrition program at the Harper Woods Secondary Campus and the library.

The program will start on June 15 and run through June 31 at the library and through Aug. 20 at the school.

At the Secondary School Campus, breakfast will be served from 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The library will serve lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The library does not serve breakfast.

“These nutritious and filling meals are provided free of charge to anyone who is 18 years old or younger,” Library Director Mary Howard said. “There are no residency requirements, no questions asked and no forms to fill out. We are happy to be participating in this event and encourage anyone to stop by and fill up on a great lunch.”

While a child does not have to be registered for a school district or library summer program or activity, the program will be beneficial for those taking part in the many classes and programs planned this summer.

“Our primary focus for our summer programming is our academic enrichment and credit recovery programs,” Harper Woods School District Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said in an email. “As students are already coming to campus for these programs, extending our nutrition program into the summer to provide both breakfast and lunch adds to the convenience of our overall summer offerings for students and families.”

The district offers a number of programs in the summer. Last year, it offered several opportunities for hands-on learning using advanced technology and working in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

“Our emphasis on using technology effectively will no question continue to be a focus of our enrichment offerings,” Biederwolf said.

The library also is gearing up for summer programs.

“The library participates in the summer reading program to keep children reading, learning and growing while they are out of school,” Library Director Mary Howard said in an email. “Offering programs like Drummunity, an all-ages program that gives you a hands-on experience with playing drums, or the Exotic Zoo, which includes lizards and kangaroos that you can touch, brings education to everyone and provides a fun outlet. 

“Reading is an important pastime that everyone can share, and the library is excited to offer our programs and events to all ages,” she said.