New Castle School Superintendent Delivers Meals to Her Students

Wendy Bell
March 26, 2020 - 8:57 am

Educators are among the most important people in our children’s lives. Teachers, school administrators, the men and women who run our school cafeterias and keep the facilities clean… they all work in concert to bring the symphony of education into tune. And with our kids now learning from home, every mom and dad and grandparent who’s filling those mighty shoes has a front-row seat to the daily challenges of education.

To say Thank You to each of you seems so incredibly lacking. 

THANK YOU. You are an incredible part of each of our families.

Today, I’d like to share the story of a remarkable educator from New Castle, PA. Her love for the students and families in her school district goes beyond the brick and mortar confines of any school building. 

Debbie DeBlasio is a product of the New Castle school system. She grew up there, got her first student-teaching job there, taught full-time there, and is now the district superintendent. Thirty-six years and still going strong. 

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“Our community has challenges. One-hundred percent of our students qualify for free school lunches,” DeBlasio explains. “And with schools closed and students at home, I worry about those babies and the food they’re getting.”

New Castle School Feeds Kids

So she and an incredible team of school employees and volunteers are doing something remarkable. Every day, they provide breakfast and lunch for the district’s students. The meals are available at two locations with DeBlasio packing up a food truck and personally delivering those much-needed meals to an additional five locations, directly within her district. 

“And now we’ve started making dinners, too,” she tell me. “Last week we served more than 600 families a hot dinner. We box it up and they drive through. Easy as that.”

DeBlasio and her team of angels work in conjunction with the New Castle campus of Victory Family Church to prepare the dinners every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From 5:30 to 6:30PM, families she’s known for decades pull up and volunteers hand over much-needed meals… with a smile. 

“I love my babies,” DeBlasio says. “And I worry about them.”

The group is now offering groceries to families in need on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There’s some remarkable magic swirling around us amid this odd feeling of darkness. Women and men working beyond their job titles to help their neighbors.

Reason #762 why Pittsburgh - and America - are truly great.

New Castle School Feeds Kids

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