Archmere Acadamy, the private college prep school 3 miles to the west (or south) of Chester in Claymont, DE., is a sure pipeline to top universities for its graduates. Lately, Archmere has become a pipeline to students from Chester Community Charter school. Now, the Archmere pipeline may be flowing in the opposite direction as the school arranged a huge giveback to Chester students by collecting nearly 4 tons of food and 500 backpacks to hungry students of the charter school.
The days of ‘brown bagging’ it to school are long gone and the old lunch box is a collector’s item. The largest feeding ministry in Chester is the school district as most students qualify for free or reduced priced meals. The old stigma of eating school food has given way to cafeterias full of students showing up before school for the breakfast they no longer receive at home.
I’m proud to have spent my 9th and 10th grades at Archmere and can attest to the generous spirit of the staff and students while I was there. It’s great to see their response to the two Chester students who presented the opportunity for the school to respond to the needs of the charter school students.
Let’s hope this gesture serves an an example to other schools and organizations. Our kids are hungry and can use all the help they can get.