Free and reduced-price meal, textbook applications now online - July 29, 2010

Record Number: 6492
Displayed from: Jul 29, 2010 , until: Aug 29, 2010

The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students are now available online for the 2010-11 school year. Applications are accepted throughout the year but need to be returned by Aug. 9 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 23. This is the first year the applications are available online at http://ftwayne.schoollunchapp.com. Paper applications are also available at all FWCS schools, the Student Services Office at 1200 S. Clinton St. and Nutrition Services at 3211 W. Ludwig Road. To assist families in the new online application, a series of workshops will be held throughout the district: Friday, Aug. 6 Holland Elementary School, 7000 Red Haw Drive, 8-10 a.m. Abbett Elementary School, 4325 Smith St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Forest Park Elementary School, 2004 Alabama Ave., 9 a.m.-noon Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9 Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, noon-5 p.m. Abbett Elementary School, 4325 Smith St., noon-7 p.m. North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd., 4-7 p.m. Last year, 68 percent of FWCS students participated in the federal program, providing free lunch to 17,856 students and reduced-price lunch to 3,235 students. Regular cost for an elementary lunch is $1.45, and breakfast is $1.10; middle and high school students pay 10 cents more for each meal. Reduced meal prices are 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast for students at every grade level. Each school year, FWCS Nutrition Services serves more than 4.5 million meals that meet recommended standards for calcium, iron, protein and vitamins A and C, as well as track levels of cholesterol, sodium and fiber. Nutritional analysis for each meal is available at www.fwcs.k12.in.us. Families can pre-pay for meals through the MyNutrikids Web site at www.mynutrikids.com.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.