EUGENE, Ore. -- Some Eugene schools will be offering free meals for students on May 8, despite classes being canceled due to the planned teacher walkout.
Kerry Delf with Eugene School District 4J said the meals will be available at selected sites in the district and will be similar to their summer meal programs. All students can drop in for breakfast and lunch and don’t need to be enrolled at the school to eat.
Breakfast will be offered between 8 and 9 a.m. and lunch between noon and 1 p.m.
The following sites are participating:
- North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
- Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
- Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
- Chávez Elementary School, 1510 W. 14th Ave.
- South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
- Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.
- Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
- Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
Special diet meals and health services, such as carb counting and diabetic care, will not be available, Delf said.
The district is encouraging local organizations to offer childcare May 8 as they do on regularly scheduled no-school days. Delf said the YMCA, Eugene Creative Care, City of Eugene, After School Club (at non-4J sites) and Treetop Academics at Edison Elementary are planning to offer childcare.
Classes will also be canceled at Bethel School District for the Day of Action. Both 4J and Bethel decided to cancel classes due to a lack of substitutes.
Springfield schools will not be participating in the walkout, union officials said, but they will be showing their support for education funding after the end of the school day. Teachers, families and community members will meet at Pioneer Parkway at 3:15 p.m. and will line Main Street on both sides, wearing red in solidarity.