For special-needs families: The district will will hold an informational meeting Thursday for parents who home-school their children or enroll them in private or parochial schools.
Parents can learn how they can access special education services if needed. The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Stansberry Leadership Center's Loyalty Conference Room, 301 N.E. Tudor Road.
Grab-n-Go breakfasts: The district is expanding its Grab-n-Go breakfast program which debuted last year at Greenwood Elementary. The result there was a 105 percent increase in the number of students eating student breakfasts.
Students pick up their breakfast, designed to be healthy and affordable, from a cart in the school lobby as they walk in and eat them in their classrooms at the start of the school day. By October all elementary schools will be offering the breakfasts, and Bernard Campbell Middle School is also joining the program this year.
A gift of $93,000 for health: The district is receiving $93,627 from the Midwest Dairy Council to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, which focuses on nutrition and exercise.
Independence is using some of the money to increase breakfast participation, in part with grab-n-go breakfast stations in the secondary schools. Schools also are switching from milk cartons to plastic bottles to improve the milk’s flavor and foster recycling.
In addition, each school also will receive new physical education equipment.
More than 73,000 schools nationwide participate in Fuel Up to Play 60, developed by the national and local dairy councils and the National Football League, the district said in a news release.