Slater superintendent thanks community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Slater School District Superintendent Debbie Gonzalez, during a Board of Education meeting held on Thursday evening, March 19, took the time to thank the community who have been helping to assist the students in any way, shape, or form during the emergency shutdown due to the coronavirus.

“Once again, they just come to our needs when it’s necessary,” Gonzalez said. “We had Powerhouse Ministries come in to talk and to offer their services. They are feeding our kiddos breakfast and lunch at three different areas — the housing authority, C&R Market, and then out here (at the school). So they are there until we come back on April 6.”

In addition, Gonazlez stated Prairie Farms — from whom the district buys milk — extended the school’s credit to help donate it to students who need it.

“So that was another great thing to have happened,” she said. “Part of it went to Powerhouse Ministries for their lunch and breakfast. Then the pantry … Slater Baptist Church … they took that as well as our left over backpacks we sent home. Buddy backpacks for many kids that we wanted to make sure that they would have food … So we’re just very lucky that we live in Slater and that they (the residents) just come to help us when we need it.”

Lastly, Gonzalez said the state governor has postponed elections until June 2.

“But because we are not having a board election here … we still reconvene in the April meeting,” she noted.

In other news, Gonzalez explained to the board the district is working on the band room’s renovation for this summer.

“Parker Hannifin, Exchange Bank of Missouri, Marlece Reeves — they have all made that possible for us to be able to do that,” she said.

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