By Geman Browne and Jaden Reed
In October 2015, the Supper Club, which gives students the opportunity to eat after school, was made after William Penn received a government grant.
The program is run all week, with hot meals on Tuesday and Thursday and cold meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Teachers are able to sign their kids up the week ahead so Kelly Keister, a supervisor at William Penn, can organize it. The cafeteria workers then work to prepare the food every day after school for the students.
Dr. Erskine, principal at William Penn, and nutrition services came up with the idea for Supper Club. Keister was asked if she could help out and now runs the program all by herself with the lunch workers. On estimate, there are about 145 students that sign in and grab supper on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The program is useful because kids who don’t get the right nutrition at home get a good nutritional meal after school. Also, some kids get hungry after school, so they can get an after school snack.
Keister said, “I think this initiative is important because all students need full bellies to perform in and out of the classroom. Supper Club offers a lot of opportunities for all clubs, sports, and tutoring programs at William Penn and I think it really means a lot to the kids to get a healthy meal before they go home.“
Zaire Roberts, sophomore at William Penn attends the Supper Club every Tuesday and Thursday. He said, “I feel like it’s a privilege that we have this program and I like it because it’s a nice snack after school and it helps me focus on my after school work.”