Even though the school year has come to a close, children still will have a reason to visit Leavenworth public schools this summer.
The schools once again will be hosting the Summer Read and Feed program. The program, which offers free meals and activities for children, will begin Monday.
The program is being expanded this year to Henry Leavenworth Elementary School and will be offered at each of the school district's four elementary schools, according Amy Sloan, director of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.
The foundation sponsors the learning activities that will be offered at the schools.
The meals, which are free for children ages 1 through 18, are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program.
The meals will be served Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:45 a.m. each day. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sloan said the activities will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Last year, the activities were offered after lunch. But Sloan said having them in between breakfast and lunch this year means children will have to do less traveling back and forth.
"We have age appropriate activities," Sloan said.
She said the activities may include things such as crafts or library activities.
"We've had puppet shows," she said.
She said the activities are organized by employees of the district.
"It's very structured," she said.
The program is scheduled to run through July 26. There will be no meals or activities July 4 or 5.
While the free meals are available only to children, adults can purchase meals.
Meals also will be served during the month of June at Leavenworth High School. But no activities are planned at that site. Breakfast will be served each day at the high school from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon.