LAWTON, Okla._A Dream Home tour in Lawton is raising money this weekend for the Food 4 Kids program.
Food 4 Kids provides nutritional snacks for chronically hungry students at Lawton elementary schools to take home on weekends and on school holidays. The Dream Home tour is designed to help fund the program to keep children from going hungry.
The Dream Home tour costs $5 and the entire amount of admission money collected this weekend goes to Food 4 Kids.
This year's Dream Home, dubbed the 'Sapphire Chateau,' is a 2,506-square-foot transitional style home that blends traditional and contemporary elements. It comes complete with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car garage. The home also comes with a fully equipped theater room, which includes surround sound, a projector and 100-inch screen.
When you come out here to tour the home, you're helping feed hundreds of children in Lawton Public Schools, whose best chance to eat healthy food only happens at school.
Children at the 17 Lawton elementary schools pick up backpacks full of snacks, like beef jerky and peanut butter crackers, every Friday to take home to eat over the weekend.
"I have always felt the difference was the refrigerator. What is stocked in the refrigerator makes the difference," Lawton Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jamie Polk said.
Dr. Polk was the principal at Ridgecrest Elementary, the first school to have this program, when it began in 2005. Dr. Polk says she saw a great need when so many of her students came to school hungry.
"I have had students come only on that day to get their backpack, because they know it is the difference of them eating over the weekend," Dr. Polk explained.
Dr. Polk says this program is an asset to these children's academic future.
"We notice a significant difference on Mondays when they come in. If they are lethargic, or not based off of eating over the weekend," Dr. Polk said.
Filling each backpack costs just $200 per year. That means a nutritional gap is bridged with just $5.50 per meal, a price Dr. Polk says is well worth the cost.
"Supplying a backpack is about the same cost of a value meal here in town, and if we are able to help locally, help our students here at home, I definitely would rather do that than help somewhere else," Dr. Polk said.
About 600 backpacks are distributed each week during the 39-week program.
The Dream Home tour at the Sapphire Chateau starts Saturday and will run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, the tour will be from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The home at 6326 SW Red Oak Blvd. is located in the Oak Ridge addition, one mile south of Southwest Lee Boulevard on 67th Street, left into Oak Ridge.
For more information on The Oaks Development Company visit www.TheOaksDevelopmentCo.com. To make a donation directly to Lawton Food 4 Kids, checks can be mailed to: