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FEDERAL WAY -- The bright green buses with buggy-eyed frogs on them are funny-looking vehicles on a serious mission. Providing healthy food and mind-expanding books and games all summer long to students who might otherwise slide academically.

Called FRED for Fun, Read, Eat, Dream, it's a pioneering program to take activities to the neighborhoods where students live. More than 56 percent of Federal Way public school students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and generally have less access to summer enrichment opportunities and balanced meals than other students.

FRED is possible through the US Department of Agriculture and community partners including The City of Federal Way, United Way of King County, St. Francis Hospital, Communities in Schools of Federal Way, the Multi Service Center of South King County, the Federal Way Lions Club, Rotary and the South King County Firefighters Foundation. The Federal Way Americorps Program and VISTA will provide tutoring.

This is not just a district project or a city project, this is an example of a community wrapping its arms around a project that will benefit severn large commuities, said AssistantSuperintendent Carol Matsui.

June 24 through early August (except July 4th)

Schedule:

FRED #1 DAY/TIME LOCATION

M-Th 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Cottonwood Apartments/Appian Way/BuenaCasa

M-Th 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Club Palisades

FRED #2

M-Th 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Parkway (Westway)

M-Th 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Camelot Square

FRED #3

M-Th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. View at the Lake

M-Th 11:20 - 12:20 p.m. Greystone Meadows

M-Th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Cascade Ridge Olympic

For more information: www.parenthelp123.org

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