Student Needs


Affton School District strives to help our students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community.

Did you know…

  • Affton School District serves almost 2,800 students
  • About 40% of all Affton students qualify for free or reduced meals

Working with local faith-based organizations, parent organizations and area businesses, we have introduced two programs to help reach those students who could benefit from some additional support.

Cougar Packs

Thank you

Cougar Packs is Affton School District’s backpack food program, which helps ensure nutrition for some of our most food-insecure students while they are not at school. We provide a backpack filled with nonperishable food to children in need that they can take home and eat when school meal programs are unavailable.


Each Friday, students in the Cougar Packs program receive a backpack filled with breakfast items, proteins, fruits, vegetables and bread. The goal is to replace meals that children would receive at school, and typically includes:

  • 2 breakfast options
  • 2 lunch options
  • 2 snack options
  • 1 can of fruit
  • 1 can of vegetables

Additionally, the Cougar Packs program creates an opportunity for our Pre-CBVI students at Affton High School, who are responsible for filling the backpacks each week. CBVI (Community Based Vocational Instruction) is a Special School District (SSD) program implemented at AHS.

How can you help?

It costs roughly $5 per week to provide a backpack to each student. This program serves 26 children over 35 weeks at Mesnier Primary and Gotsch Intermediate. That brings the total cost for the program to $4,200.

$175 donation will sponsor one child for the 2018-2019 school year, but donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated

To make a monetary donation, checks may be made payable to Affton School District. Please note Cougar Packs in the Memo Line. Donations may be sent to:

Affton School District
Attn: Laine Prehm
8701 Mackenzie Road
Affton, MO 63123

All donations are tax deductible. 

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