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Soroptimist to highlight McKinney-Vento Students in Transition program

Carson City Soroptimist will feature a presentation from Peggy Sweetland of the Carson City School District during its program meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Glen Eagles Restaurant. The meeting is open to the public, with prior reservation required. There's no cost to attend, however a plated lunch with choice of entrees is available for $16. Email sicarsoncity@gmail.com or call 775-297-4890 by Monday, Sept. 24, to reserve a seat.

Sweetland taught school in Carson City for more than 20 years. Ten years ago, she became the special projects coordinator for the Carson City School District. As such, she runs the McKinney-Vento Students in Transition Program — the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Locally, this program aids students and families living in situations that may be unstable or inadequate, helping them to obtain a multitude of services quickly and seamlessly. This enables those students to participate fully in all aspects of their education, nutrition, transportation, and extra-curricular interests.

Sweetland also serves as the district's foster care liaison and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program coordinator.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In addition to education and training scholarships for local women, the Carson City club provides grant funding for local organizations and breast cancer screenings for under-insured women, through their September fundraising golf tournament, the Stroke to Help.

For information about Soroptimist in Carson City, go to http://www.sicarsoncity.org.