The testimony regarding the Barons Reaching Academic Goals (BRAG) program stated that providing lunch would help to maximize participation and the time available for the program. Are there sources of funds that may be used to help pay for the student’s lunches?
The Barons Reaching Academic Goals (BRAG) program at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School serves 9th and 10th graders with grade point averages below 2.0 and/or students that have been identified as not achieving their fullest potential. Teachers and other school staff, as well as trained adult volunteers from the community, serve as adult mentors. Each adult works with two BRAG students, meeting with them one-on-one regularly to provide guidance and support. BRAG students also are invited to a weekly lunchtime tutoring session where each student is matched with a National Honor Society student. The program is sponsored by the B-CC High School Educational Foundation.
Testimony presented to the Board of Education indicated that some students find it difficult to attend the lunchtime tutoring sessions because they need to eat lunch and it would be beneficial if lunch were provided for the students. Currently, there are no grants or other sources of funding that are available to fund lunches for the students. One option is to request funding through the B-CC Educational Foundation. There would be no cost for students who are FARMs eligible.