IPS schools open for lunch on snow days

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015) - For the first time, the Indianapolis Public Schools district offered students lunch on a snow day.

The service was available to all IPS students at any of the five participating school locations.

The program is similar to a free lunch program the district offers over the summer, says IPS Media Relations Coordinator Kristin Cutler.

"We actually put a plan into place last February after all of the closings for the brutal weather last winter," she explains.

Thomas D. Gregg School 15, Eleanor Skillen 34, Nicholson Performing Arts Academy School 70, Carl Wilde School 79 and Arlington Woods School 99 opened their doors to students between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

IPS has cancelled Thursday classes, so lunch will again be served at those same five schools.

Every student in IPS receives a free breakfast, lunch and snack through a program the district participates in, but 84% qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

"A lot of our families count on the meals that we provide as a way to feed their children, and we don't want to hold back on that from anyone if we have the ability to offer to our students on days like this," says Cutler.

IPS Developmental Preschool Teacher Cyndi Miller lives in Lebanon. Her two children had a two hour delay this morning. After she dropped them off, she says she felt compelled to come to Thomas D. Gregg Elementary to help serve lunch to students in need.

"I had really hoped we would have nobody show up, because that means there would be food in their homes for them, but I just really assumed we would have a lot of kids show up," says Miller.

Cutler says about 100 students took advantage of today's lunch service.

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