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Social Media Boosts Summer Participation at Llano ISD

" With more than 60 percent of the district’s students qualifying for free and reduced-price school lunches, the staff knew firsthand that there was a need for summer meals.
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Summer meals participation at Llano Independent School District (ISD) really took off after the food service team added social media to their outreach efforts. They turned to Facebook when only a few kids were showing up during the first days of their summer operation. With more than 60 percent of the district’s students qualifying for free and reduced-price school lunches, they knew firsthand that there was a need going unmet.

Food service staff member Donna Meyers posted an announcement on her Facebook page and soon the team was serving 80 summer meals in one day! Llano ISD Food Service Director Amy Grant said that once the kids started showing up, a new, more central location and an innovative partnership with the local library helped sustain the strong participation.

Every Monday Llano Librarian Ann Rossberg brings books to the meal site at the elementary school and reads to the children. The program is called Children Are Reading for Enjoyment this Summer (CARES). Also, the children are allowed to take home five books without having to use a library card. At the end of the summer, the children can choose five books they want to keep.


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