The Care Team at Chaska High School is a group of students, staff, and community members that provide support to local families in times of need. In the fall of 2015 the Care Team was founded with the common goal of ending student hunger at Chaska High School. It had come to our attention that some of our students were struggling to afford or access food on the weekends and long breaks. Having been through tough times ourselves, we wanted to help. CHS already had the Hawk Haul resource center in the building, which has food, toiletries, and other school supplies, but we found that some students needed more regular access to those resources. Since then, the Care Team has expanded our outreach to also support students, families, and staff facing other crises, such as homelessness, illness, or death of a family member.
Through a partnership with a non-profit called The Sheridan Story (www.thesheridanstory.com) and local food donations to the Hawk Haul, we offer students in need a free bag of groceries on Fridays year-round. We also provide families with food and gift cards over winter and spring breaks when students will not have access to meals at school. In times of crisis, big or small, the Care Team organizes and provides homemade meals, gift cards, toiletries, school supplies, and any other items that a student may need. Students may submit special requests to school counselors at any time, regardless of the type or length of need.
If you are interested in learning more about how to receive support or get involved in the Care Team, please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CHSCareTeam/ or contact Jeri Lovett (Team Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.