Lexington Police, school district reps kick off summer meals program

Karen Wingard delivering lunch. Photos by Karamie Sullivan and Polly Peyinghaus

Officers from the Lexington Police Department were lending a helping hand Monday morning at Lexington School District One’s Summer Food Service kickoff event.

The LPD partnered with Rosenwald Community Learning Center on opening day, providing free car seat safety checks, and the opportunity for children to learn bike safety through a “bike rodeo.” Rosenwald is one of the district’s free breakfast and lunch locations for children throughout the summer months.

District One’s Field Supervisor Polly Peyinghaus discussed the advantages of the summer food program.

“Children 18-and-under come through the front for breakfast and lunch and enjoy a free meal,” she said. “No proof of residency is necessary, you just have to be a child that can chew, that’s all you have to be.”

Peyinghaus said she and the team decided they would partner with the LPD on opening day to hopefully attract more children from the neighborhood. “And (Terrence) Chief Greene is really huge on reading and literacy,” said Peyinhaus. Cpl. Cameron Mortenson said the LPD is planning some dates during the summer in which officers come in to read books to the children.

The outdoor activities were set up to help benefit the families who attended the kickoff. While parents could get their car seats checked to make sure they were installed safely, children had the opportunity to learn about bike safety in a hands-on kind of way.

The bike rodeo included a series of stations set up for children to ride a bike around cones, over a “train track,” learn stop-and-go at a traffic light, and learn how to walk their bike around debris.

“It’s a fun and interactive way to learn the rules of the road,” Mortenson said. “We’re also trying to push the importance of children learning how necessary it is to have a bike helmet.” Mortenson mentioned that they want to make sure children are safe any time they’re in a car, but also that they’re safe while riding their bikes.

The Rosenwald Community Learning Center is at 420 Hendrix Street in Lexington. Serving hours begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Meals are offered Mondays through Thursdays, until July 26.

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