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Goshen County School's Backpack Program sees great success

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A national program that aims to stop child hunger has great success in Goshen County Schools.

The Backpack Program sends nutritious food home with needy children over the weekend and during school vacations.

Assistant principal Rick Cotant and his wife started the program at Torrington Middle School nearly four years ago.

The program has gone from giving out 24 backpacks at the Middle School to helping more than 300 students across Goshen County.

"At the beginning of last year I had a student come and ask me if we're going to do the Backpack Program again.  And I sad yes, it will begin next Friday," says Marilyn Cotant.  "And he said, ‘well that's good because we don't have much food in our house right now.'  And when you hear things like that, it really makes you want to keep going."

Research shows that hungry children do poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for the day and cannot concentrate.

The Middle School's Backpack Program relies on food and monetary donations from the community to keep going.

"Trail Elementary School, last week, their teachers let them wear jeans to school and charged them $5 a piece to wear jeans to school," says Rick Cotant.  "They collected $185, which they're going to donate to the Backpack Program."

People who want to donate to the program can drop off canned–goods and monetary donations at the Torrington Middle School.

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