George’s Cafe donation to pay off AHS student lunch debt

$3,008 raised through bake sale will also fund family resource center

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Owners of George’s Café Deanna and George Karavasilis have donated to the community for more than a decade, with a new passion —to pay off Arvada High student’s lunch debts — driving those donations, with the money going to the school for the past three years.

Through the business’s annual bake sale effort, which occurs each December, George’s Café raised $3,008 to award AHS this year.

Deanna highlighted the work of the many Arvadans involved: Those who baked and transported goods to the store; customers who participated in the bake sale; and donors and organizers like Vickie Chavers-Bruso and Patty McKendry, who each played an integral role in the effort, she said.

The money will be used to eliminate student lunch debt which, as of Jan. 24, totaled $1,620.26 with 79 students in debt, according to district information.

The remainder of the donated money will fund the school’s family resource center, which provides services and daily needs, like food and clothing, to students who cannot otherwise access them. Students and parents looking for assistance can contact the school’s family liaison, Nina Russell, to get connected with the resource center.

Deanna said the business plans to keep working with the community to help AHS.

“We have too many students struggling and we want to take care of that,” she said. “We have a great neighborhood, and they really stepped up.”

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