National, state and nonprofit groups boost summer food program
Music, clapping, cheering, dancing and greetings from the Denver Bronco’s mascot entertained kids and their parents who ate lunch at Sarah Milner Elementary on June 12.
It is all part of a campaign by the USDA and other organizations and agencies that are trying to ensure that kids are fed during the summer months.
Miles the Bronco Mascot, Radio Disney, the Western Dairy Association, Colorado Department of Education, USDA, Thompson School District leaders, Hunger Free Colorado and the No Kid Hungry project joined more than 100 kids and parents at Sarah Milner Elementary School during the kick-off event for the Summer Food Services Program, June 4 through Aug. 3.
“USDA is committed to ending childhood hunger and tackling the summer hunger problem is a big part of that commitment,” says Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. “Summer is the time when a child is most likely to be faced with hunger.”
More than 22 million children in the U.S. receive free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches through the federal program, but in summer only three million kids are fed through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.
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Acting superintendent named
The Thompson School District Board of Education named Dr. Judy Skupa as acting superintendent at a special meeting June 27. She replaces Dr. Ron Cabrera, whose contract was terminated through a buy-out process voted upon at the board’s June 20 regular meeting. Cabrera agreed to assist with some transitional duties during July.
Skupa, who has been with the district since 2009, will serve during the short transition while the board seeks an interim superintendent to serve until a replacement is selected to begin in July 2013. Board President Sharon Olson says the board would like the interim superintendent to be named by September.
The process for seeking a permanent superintendent will likely begin in January. Olson says the board hopes to find the interim superintendent from a field of in-state candidates. A national search will be conducted to fill the permanent position.
Skupa joined Thompson School District in 2009 as assistant superintendent in Learning Services. She became Deputy Superintendent in July 2011.
Prior to her Thompson duties, Skupa was assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Boulder Valley School District from 2005-2009 as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She served as director of Curriculum for Reading and Literacy in Boulder Valley Schools. She also was a reading specialist in Park County School District 6, a curriculum consultant, a part-time instructor at the University of Wyoming; director of curriculum for the Falcon School District and an elementary school teacher.
Skupa received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in curriculum and instruction; her Master’s in education with an emphasis in reading from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and her Bachelor’s in elementary education from CU, Colorado Springs.
Thompson Education Foundation appoints new Executive Director
Kim Akeley-Charron joined the Thompson Education Foundation as executive director on July 1.
Her most recent position was that of marketing coordinator for the City of Loveland’s Cultural Services Department, where she has worked since 2003 in various capacities.
Among the responsibilities of the executive director position is managing the organization’s many funds; creating fundraising opportunities; and providing support to staff and students of the Thompson School District through grants, materials and activities. The TEF is a 501(c)(3) organization. Among the foundation’s current activities are the annual Educator of the Year awards and breakfast, Creativity Grants for teachers and staff to benefit students, the Help Kids Succeed backpack and school supply campaign and many more.
Akeley-Charron and her husband have two boys who attend Thompson Schools. She has served on many community boards, including working with the school district’s LISA program.
Her office will be located in the Thompson School District administration building at 800 S. Taft. Ave. Her phone is 970-613-5067.