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Families Receive Free Dinners for Thanksgiving 2020

North Area Community School and Senior Extension Program Coordinate Effort

Staff member holding large, $1,500 Walmart check

The families of nearly 100 local students received free turkeys, side dishes, and pies as part of a festive annual tradition that began at North Area Community School, one of the Community Schools operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). Thanks to generous donations—including a $1,500 grant from the Natomas Walmart location—complete meals were also provided to students enrolled in SCOE’s Senior Extension Program at the four campuses it serves.

Staff from the two SCOE programs were involved in packing and distributing the free meals, which were made possible thanks to employee donations and support from these local business partners:

  • Costco (Auburn Blvd.)
  • Raley’s (Marconi Ave., Natomas Blvd.)
  • Safeway (Del Paso Rd.)
  • Target (Madison Ave., Fulton Ave., North Freeway Blvd.)
  • Walmart (Truxel Rd.)
  • Whole Foods (Folsom)

SCOE’s Community Schools Program gives students the opportunity to continue their education and experience a significant, positive change in their lives. The smaller school environment and dedicated staff allow each student to benefit from a more personal learning experience focused on academic success.

The Senior Extension Program allows students to extend the amount of time they can remain in high school, with the goal of increasing graduation rates. With a more personalized approach and staff to address their individual needs, students are more likely to complete high school and transition to college, military service, or the workforce.