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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.

World Expo Showcases Mesita, Wiggs Programs

The sounds of the Wiggs Middle orchestra greeted the students and parents that attended the first World Expo event at Mesita Elementary School.

The Expo gave Mesita and Wiggs the opportunity to highlight programs like Connecting Worlds, Widening Our World, the Mandarin Enrichment and others that have made the two schools popular among parents in the region.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to showcase what is going on at our school as far as programs, activities within and beyond the curriculum, as well as what will happen when the students attend Wiggs. This is a shared team effort,” Mesita Principal Laila Farris said.

unnamed (17)The Connecting Worlds/Mundos Unidos program emphasizes the importance of a dual language education by providing dual language for all students, not just English Language Learners.

“We believe dual language is important for every child who wished to be bilingual and bi-literate,” Farris said. “This is Mesita’s nineteenth year offering dual language to our community.”

Students also have the opportunity to learn Chinese through the school’s Mandarin Enrichment Program, which is only available at Mesita.

“It is important for the students to learn about different cultures, and in the world lots of people speak Chinese,” Mandarin teacher Sonia Chang said. “In the beginning we learn basic vocabulary and then I teach them sounds. Once they can do the sounds, they learn Chinese quickly.”

Chang doesn’t just teach students about the languages but the culture as well. She taught the students about Qingming Festival, whichunnamed (16) closely resembles the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead.

“Every year the Chinese people go to the cemetery to worship their ancestors by bringing fresh flowers and food,” Chang said.

An important part of the Qingming is flying kites, so the students at Mesita will have the opportunity to make their very own Chinese kites and fly them at school next week.

Active Learning Leader Lourdes Sianez also incorporates hands-on activities to better immerse students in different cultures.

“Sometimes the kids aren’t aware of what is out there, and it is our job as teachers to teach them as part of their education to expose them to these different things,” Sianez said. “Yes, they can read a book or article about something but it’s not until they are actually in it trying to do something like art or dance that they really capture the information.”

Besides fine arts and language Mesita and Wiggs emphasized the importance of STEM related programs and clubs, like Destination Imagination, robotics and the chess club.

Fifth-grade student Demetrio Gonzalez competed at state for through the Destination Imagination program after he placed at regionals. Although he didn’t place at state, he feels the experience has helped him grow as a student and person.

“Destination Imagination really helps build the creativity of kids by challenging them,” Demetrio said. “It’s a very fun program.”