Grace Olien, Oakes, N.D., Published March 01 2013
Letter: We provide milk for our schoolsI agree that the state of North Dakota could fund milk for schoolchildren.
I’ll tell you what we are doing in Oakes, N.D. One of our school bus drivers, Alice Raatz, learned that some students could not afford to buy milk at school. So she and her friend Marge Roney decided that maybe we could have a “noisy offering” at church the last Sunday of each month. Our church is Grace Lutheran (ELCA), and our pastor agreed.
So, on that Sunday, we all bring our loose change. The children are given metal cans to collect these coins (bills are allowed). They bring them to the alter and put them in a metal bowl (from the kitchen), they hold them high, and they make a lovely noise.
This money goes to the school to buy milk for all students who want it. There was extra money so Marge Roney bought caps, mittens, coats and boots and gave them to the elementary principal.
When a teacher sees a need, she makes sure that the child gets what they need to be warm.
Our church is proud of these women and all our members who help.
However, I still think our state, with its huge surplus, could afford milk for the kids unable to buy it.