Some Parents Prepping for First Day of School

LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The smell in April Adkins' math class is of fresh paint. Her name's on the white board, and the books are in place.

All that's needed now are students.

"I'm nervous and excited," Adkins said. "But I'm ready."

Adkins is a new math teacher at Louisa High School. It's her first teaching job. She raised a family first and got the teaching bug helping her children with their homework.

"I know how to discipline my kids and what works," Adkins said. "I just know how to teach kids in general because I've been around them so long."

This year the Lawrence County school system is offering, for the first time, free breakfast and lunch to all students -- regardless of income."

"Studies show, hunger plays a role in how a child's learning," Superintendent Mike Armstrong said. "This levels the playing field. We did the math and figured for parents who normally pay full price, this will save them about $519 a year per child."

"We send out about 1,000 a week," said Sasha Colette with the Huntington Area Food Bank.

Colette is the coordinator of the agency's back pack program. It sends food home to students, on Friday for the weekend.

"Right now, we're in six counties," Colette said. "It helps many children who may have it tough at home during the weekends when it comes to food."

West Virginia also has a clothing voucher program to help families with the start of the school year. Qualifying families can get $200 per student for clothes or piece goods to make them at home.

Just contact your local DHHR office for details. The deadline is Wednesday, July 31.

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