The nonprofit Fayetteville Public Education Foundation (FPEF) announced this week a $110,000 gift from Tamara and John Roberts and their family.
John Roberts is president and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport Services in Lowell.
FPEF executive director Cambre Horne-Brooks said $85,000 will establish The Roberts Family Pre-K Nutrition Fund to offset the cost of pre-K breakfast, lunch and snacks, which will allow all pre-K students to receive essential nutrition while at school.
“Our family is committed to supporting Fayetteville Public Schools and has been blessed by the education the district has provided our children over the years,” Tamara Roberts said in a statement. “We want to ensure that other students in the Fayetteville community have access to the same opportunities our children have had. We know that proper nutrition and learning go hand-in-hand. Being able to help students start their day off with a healthy meal will benefit them throughout the day by keeping them satisfied and focused.”
According to a news release, the remainder of the donation goes to the FPEF endowment to provide grants that ensure that a more significant number of at-risk students have access to educational programs that help keep them on course for job attainment or post-secondary education.
Horne-Brooks said the FPEF endowment is currently valued at $4.9 million.
“The foundation is taking steps to grow our endowment and maximize the support for public education in Fayetteville,” Horne-Brooks said. “The initiative will address the challenges, needs, and opportunities faced by students with limited resources. We are grateful that the Roberts family has provided a significant contribution to these efforts.”