CSD Social Workers, Oakridge Middle and Lake Wylie Rotary Work Together to Provide Thanksgiving Meals
Families in the Clover School District (CSD) will be enjoying delicious holiday meals, thanks to a powerful school-community partnership.
The partnership brings together Oakridge Middle School families, who make generous donations to feed those in need each holiday season. Through a food drive across the school, canned goods are collected.
The Lake Wylie Rotary Club donates turkeys to accompany the donated canned goods and to provide the labor to package and distribute the meals.
“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said CSD Board Member and former Lake Wylie Rotary President Matt Burris. “It is so meaningful to see our community come together to support families across the district who may be experiencing hardships and need a little extra help at this time of the year. Events that bring us all together like this make Clover such a special place.”
CSD Social Workers, through the Holiday Assistance Program, identify the families in need of these holiday meals.
"The OMS-Rotary partnership has been instrumental in providing Thanksgiving meals for many years. Ms. Katherine Synder and Mr. Edward Lukowski has developed a system of support that is thorough and considerate of the families served. It is inspiring to witness support that includes the community, staff, and students. This partnership exemplifies one of the district's core values of creating a safe and nurturing environment," said Courtney Jones, Lead Social Worker.
The partnership has been in place since at least 2013 and has benefited more than 250 CSD families.
In addition to the Lake Wylie Rotary Club, The Bridge Community Church, Bethel Presbyterian, Bowling Green Presbyterian, Imagine Church and Atrium Health have supported Clover School District’s Social Workers with their annual Holiday Assistance Program.