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Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

El Paso ISD’s CCTA students could win car with good grades

Students at the College, Career and Technology Academy (CCTA) will have more than a high-school diploma driving their efforts to make good grades and attend classes regularly.

Thanks to a partnership with Viva Auto Group, CCTA students who earn high marks and have stellar attendance will qualify to win a certified used car.

“It’s going to encourage a lot of students here,” CCTA sophomore Ryan Brown said. “If I can get a car just by coming to school and getting good grades, I’m going to definitely strive for that.”

Viva and CCTA announced their partnership earlier this week during a ceremony at the campus.

CCCTA is a countywide school of choice for young adults ages 17 to 26 who want an opportunity to complete their graduation requirements while earning professional certifications and college credit. The school is located in the former Houston Elementary School.

Officials at the school said the partnership with Viva will give students an additional impetus to become successful in the classroom.

To qualify to win the car, students must be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and have a good attendance record.

news_2314_m“I think it’s important that we help students who are making an effort to complete their education,” Viva Marketing Director Raul Rodriguez said. “This will help out not only during high school but also in college when they are pursuing a career.”

CCTA teacher Debbie Brooks reached out to Viva owner Jimmy Dick to help with student incentives, like a gift card, but never expected a donation of a vehicle.

Alternative campuses like CCTA provide an opportunity for students to complete their graduation requirements, but these campuses often struggle with attendance issues, said principal Adan Lopez.

“It’s great to develop partnerships like this that generating greater incentives for the students,” Lopez said. “Any encouragement to get the kids to class is great.”

Author: El Paso ISD

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