Sand Sisters Event in Monett
“Be who you needed when you were younger" is a saying which holds special meaning to Tedi and Sonya Serge, the founders and operators of Sand Sisters, a non-profit focused on using a socio-emotional learning (SEL) enrichment curriculum focusing on self-esteem building, movement and sisterhood. Though a partnership with MO SWITCH, the Sand Sisters, were able to come back to their home of Missouri and bring their curriculum to Monett. A workshop at the Monett YMCA was held with over 30 girls in attendance, and through the SEL curriculum were empowered to improve mental health by making them feel Girl Powerful - which means feeling confident, intelligent, strong and one-of-a-kind.
The girls also also engaged in physical activity and received a healthy snack, something important in this food desert area of Southwest Missouri.
Thank you to Tedi and Sonya for coming and holding these amazing seminars. Be sure to check out their website and social media accounts for the great work they are doing.
MO SWITCH Summer Feeding Program
To address the ongoing need of food insecurity, MO SWITCH has partnered with the Super Taco Food Truck to provide meals to children who need them most.
Wednesday of each week, from July 10 to August 14, children ages 1-18, can get one meal free at the Super Taco food truck in Monett. There are no questions asked.
Food insecurity is a major issue in Barry County, with upwards of 60% of both the Monett and Pierce City school children receiving free or reduced lunch at school. During the school year, a majority of these children only receive meals at school. To address this issue, the backpack program provides food to at-risk children on the weekends during the school year, and children receive meals during summer school.
However, when school is out, many of these children are at-risk of going without meals.
The MO SWITCH summer feeding program is filling this void, thanks to the donations of numerous community members and corporations, such as:
Press Leases and media for the summer feeding program can be find in the links below.