COPPERAS COVE – With Copperas Cove High School’s annual homecoming on November 20, children ages 2-12 will dance the afternoon away with a homecoming dance of their own this coming Saturday, Nov. 7.
The 3rd Annual Lil’ Dawg and Lil’ Lady Dawg Junior Homecoming Dance will once again benefit Copperas Cove ISD students by providing meals on the weekends to students-in need. Junior Miss Five Hills Kadence Coombs hosts this year’s event, according to a news release.
“Children do need food for the weekend so they won’t go hungry. I know who is providing my food, but not all kids do,” the fourth grader said. “That’s kind of sad. Their tummies might be growling.”
Coombs raised nearly $1,000 from her stand on Lemonade Day Weekend to start a Blessings in a Backpack Program at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary where three of every four students qualify for free/reduced meal rates through Copperas Cove ISD.
The proceeds from last year’s junior homecoming dance started a Blessings in a Backpack Program at Williams/Ledger Elementary and a program was also started this year at Martin Walker Elementary. It is Coombs’ goal to use the money from the homecoming dance to start the program on at least three more CCISD campuses, according to the release
Once Coombs’ provides the non-perishable food items for students’ meals, the campus Communities in Schools site coordinators oversee the program, vetting the students and ensuring they receive the weekend meals.
Martin Walker Elementary CIS Site Coordinator Shawnyah Golden said the weekend backpack program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of the students.
“A vast majority of the children are at-risk of going hungry over the weekend and therefore, rely on school meals,” Golden said. “This program allows us to ensure that those children that are in need have meals. The meals are not only easy to prepare, but deemed nutritious.”
The event includes music, entertainment, and dancing along with food and drinks. One of the highlights of the afternoon is a red carpet walk where guests are formally introduced and highlighted as the promenade in front of attendees. The dance is for youngsters ages 2-12 and the theme is disco for those wishing to dress from the late 1970s era. All children must have an adult in attendance at the event.