PHS students, staff raise funds for student backpack program
PHS students, staff raise funds for student backpack program
Friday, April 26, 2019
Students in the Student Quest Christian Club at Pattonville High School recently presented a check for more than $1,300 to Dorsett Village Church to support a program that assists Pattonville students in need.

Student Quest sold wristbands that read "PHS Cares For Its Own" to help raise funds for Dorsett Village's Fuel Pack Backpack Ministry program, which provides food for Pattonville students on the weekends. The church partners with Grace Church St. Louis to supply the food. The Board Student Administration Action Committee (BSAAC), Key Club and Student Council at Pattonville High School also held fundraisers to collect money for the cause.

The money raised by Pattonville students will be used by Dorsett Village to purchase food for the backpack program. The outreach program has been providing non-perishable food items for children with food insecurities in the Pattonville School District for the past seven years.

"This year, Fuel Packs has sent out over 150 bags a week, which equates to over 40,000 meals for students in need," said Sue Hartley, who leads the program at Dorsett Village. "We have many students in our school district that have no food over the weekend so this has been a tremendous help."

For the past several years, Student Quest members, teacher Twila Harris and volunteer Linnette Jensen have put bags of food from Dorsett Village and others donors into book bags, which are picked up by students to take home each Friday. Fee Fee Baptist Church also provides food to the school about twice a month.

"This started out as a small project but very quickly grew as there were more families in our school district that needed food over the weekend," Harris said. "We're very grateful for the support of our community in providing for our students' needs. It's been wonderful to see our students take a leadership role in meeting those needs as well."

For more information on the backpack program or to make a donation, contact Hartley at sue_hartley@att.net or (314) 277-4348.

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Members of the Pattonville High School Student Quest Club present a check to representatives from Dorsett Village Church for a program that supplies food for the weekend for students in need.