Each month, dedicated volunteers or community partners will be recognized for the time and talents dedicated to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).
Jenny Deal is a volunteer for the division’s Beach Bags program. Each week, she donates her time to sort and pack up to 800 bagged meals and healthy snacks that are provided to disadvantaged VBCPS students.
It was Deal’s son, Zach, who introduced her to the program during a Beach Bags food drive. Once she learned how this program benefits children who may not have enough to eat over weekends and school vacations, Deal said she wanted to help.
“It was eye-opening to find out how many children across the district were impacted by Beach Bags,” explained Deal. “I immediately knew I wanted to be involved.”
For Deal, the need for this program is particularly close to home.
“I personally know the impact hunger has on learning. Students receive a bag for various reasons. For my own reasons, as a child I would have benefited from the Beach Bags program,” she added.
Deal has been volunteering regularly with the Beach Bags program every week for the past three years and does not plan to stop any time soon.
“I love investing in the future and well-being of our students,” added Deal. “VBCPS is like family. No matter what you do in the division, we all provide an important role and are key to its success. Volunteering is just one part of the bigger picture.”
Become a volunteer or community partner today and make a difference in student’s lives. For more information on volunteering visit vbschools.com.