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Apply for Meal Benefits, Donate to WAKE Up and Read and Apply for Pre-K

Important: Complete a Meal Benefits Application by Feb. 26, 2021 Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by Feb 26. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement. Families who are eligible to receive meal benefits will continue to receive additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). This program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-price meals at school has been impacted by virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. If you do not apply and qualify for meal benefits, you will miss the opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family. Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application this school year, and think your child may be eligible, contact your child’s school or apply online. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920. Apply Before April 30 for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-22 School Year WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for children who will be 4 years old by August 31. Students spend the full day at school with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Applications must be submitted by April 30. Learn more and apply today. Still Time to Donate to WAKE Up and Read The WAKE Up and Read Annual Book Drive is still accepting donations. They are collecting new and gently used books, as well as monetary donations, through Sunday, Feb. 28. There are several options for helping:

  • Online monetary donation;

  • Order books from the WUAR online wish lists to be shipped directly to them;

  • Drop off books safely at one of more than 60 locations in Wake County.

Books are distributed safely to 13 WCPSS elementary schools and a number of community centers in Wake County. Learn more about the drive and how to contribute.

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