In continuing with the new Alton Athletic Department tradition of giving back to the community, they are trying something new this holiday season. On Monday, December 2nd, at the Boys Basketball game versus rival North Middle, all of the donated proceeds from that night’s gate will go towards the unfunded student lunch accounts of students on full or reduced lunch.
“When Kollette (Harris) asked me about doing something for this, especially this time of year, it’s a no brainer for us,” said JTA Athletic Director Richard Rowland. “We’ve started doing a lot of charity work within our community and our area, and I really want to see that continue and improve.”
JTA Cafeteria Manager Kollette Harris said that this particular issue is reaching new highs at Alton, saying that the total balance on unfunded student lunch accounts is close to $3,000.
“You never want to see a student go through the school, and go unfed, or set in the cafeteria and go through the day hungry because they can’t afford it,” said Harris, “It hurts your heart. We do all that we can in the cafeteria, but this event will hopefully help matters, hopefully significantly.”
Rowland went on to say, “In today’s world, sometimes school lunch is the only hot meal these kids will get in a day. It’s sad, but it’s our reality, and I’m glad our department is in a position to be able to help. I’m hopeful for a big turnout.”
Head JTA Boys Basketball coach, Al Taft, said that “In the holiday season, you always want to give, and that night we will be able to give back to our own students.”
Tipoff that night is set for 5:30, and the gate will open at 5:00. All donations made at the gate will be charted and donated to the JTA Cafeteria. Cost of entry is still $3; however, anything beyond that is appreciated and helpful.