Students who buy breakfast and lunch at school for a reduced price at five Woodstock-area elementary schools will have their meals covered for the entire academic year.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock, through its “feed a friend” program at Vacation Bible School over the summer and through donations from the church’s senior adult ministry, raised a total of $25,956, enough to pay for all reduced breakfasts and lunches at Arnold Mill Elementary School, Hickory Flat Elementary School, Johnston Elementary School, Little River Elementary School and Woodstock Elementary School.

A check for the total gift was presented to Cherokee County School District Superintendent Brian Hightower at the church’s services Sunday.

“As a result of the Church’s donations, children at these specific schools who currently qualify for reduced-price meals will not have to pay any money at all for those reduced-price meals this school year. We’re very grateful for the generous donations made by church members that will help some of our community’s children and their families,” said school district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby.

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