TBAISD New Campus Program Starts Spirit Pantry

A Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District program wants to meet kids at their point of need with a Spirit Pantry.

New Campus is a K-12 program for students with emotional impairment or behavioral concerns with about 70 students.

Staff got the idea for a pantry when they attended a trauma conference.

The goal is to provide hygiene items, clothing and most importantly food for students and their families.

“I think meeting kids at that basic level of need is the goal and meeting their family’s needs also just being able to support the whole family structure through the food pantry,” said Kristen Ryder, school psychologist for TBAISD.

“And I think another goal is to make it sustainable so it’s something we can carry on for a long time and have there so they can rely on it,” said special education supervisor Jessica Harrand.

They have already received donations from TBA Credit Union, Hagerty Insurance and Elk Rapids Rotary but are working on grants to keep the program open.

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