Backpack program gets green light

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PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school leaders are moving forward with a backpack program for kids. The school board approved it at a meeting Wednesday night.

They plan to start a trial run twice a month in April and May, filling backpacks with food for about 30 kids each time. Then they plan to expand for all families who need it in the fall. More than half the kids at one Paxton grade school qualify for free or reduced price lunches. 

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