JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School is working to make sure their students don't go hungry.
On Friday morning, the Jonesboro School District hosted a garage sale at Saint Paul United Methodist Church to raise money for VPA's backpack program.
"The backpack program provides food for children who are dependent on school lunches so they have something to take home over the weekend," said Julie Dow, coordinator of VPA's backpack program. "Our school is self-funded, which means we don't get any government grants. We get a discounted price for food at the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas and they provide us the food and we deliver it to the students."
Dow said the program currently helps 15 students, but they hope to expand it to 40 students in the future and hope they can meet that goal by raising $3,000.
"If kids don't have enough to eat, they don't think well, they don't grow well, and their brains don't develop like they should," Dow said. "If we want adults that are going to be productive members of our community, we need to take care of them when they're kids."
Dow said the backpack program was started by teachers at VPA 4 years ago after noticing several students were in need of meals over the weekend.
Last year, they raised enough money to fund the school's backpack program for the entire school year.
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