Meridian Park leaders ask for your contributions to the Angel Fund

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Earn your wings by contributing
to a school's Angel Fund
Everywhere you look there are opportunities to give this time of year. From the bell ringers down at the Fred Meyer to the toy drives happening all over town. 

It is the best time of year to reflect on one's own blessings, luck, and privilege and share with others.

In this spirit, the Meridian Park PTSA in partnership with the Meridian Park Neighborhood Association are reaching out to the wider Shoreline community to replenish your local school’s Angel Fund.

The Angel Fund helps families who are carrying negative balances on their food services accounts and is administered by the Shoreline School District Food Services. It relies solely on the kindness of the wider community and by those who know that in order for students to be successful in school they first need a full belly.

Meridian Park Elementary has only $20 in their Angel Fund and about $640 in total negative balances. As costs of housing/living in this area continue to rise rapidly, this situation is exacerbated. Meridian Park is not unique in this regard and PTAs and community organizations around this city are stepping up to help Shoreline students.

Negative account balances affect students who are on the free and reduced lunch program, as well as students who do not qualify for it. Some families transition from one program to the other and still cannot afford lunch and may still carry a negative balance.

Luckily, students will always be fed, however, as their negative balances accrue so does their debt to Shoreline Schools Food Services. Both positive and negative balances carry over year after year. Once a student graduates unpaid balances will be recorded as a fine. As students apply to colleges, their transcripts will be withheld until this fine is paid. More information regarding this policy can be found here.

Donation checks of any size are appreciated and can be mailed to Meridian Park Elementary, 17077 Meridian Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133. NOTE - please put "Angel Fund" in the memo section of your check. Cash can be dropped of at the school office with a note, and credit cards donations can be called in to 206-393-4102. No amount is too large or small.

If your student attends another school in our district and you wish to donate there, here is a link to the contact pages for each of our local Shoreline Schools

For everyone who is reading this, we truly thank you for considering our request. For those who can give this year, we thank you so very much for supporting our students. For those who are receiving, we share gladly, and to everyone, we wish you all the best in the coming year.

Naomi Hillyard
Meridian Park PTSA

Cynthia Knox
Meridian Park Neighborhood Association
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