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Partnerships are Key to Success of Anthony ISD Kick-off Events

" SFSP kick-off events at Anthony ISD have grown to include a variety of fun and exciting activities for children and their families. In 2016 a bike giveaway was part of the event.
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Anthony ISD bike raffle 2016
For six years Anthony Independent School District (ISD) has kicked off its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) with a day of summer fun for local children. The kick-off started small, but has grown into a well-attended event with a wide range of exciting activities.

“I remember we started with a water splash — the fire department opened the water hydrant and splashed the kids,” Anthony ISD Child Nutrition Director Jesus Carrasco said. “Over the years we have partnered with other organizations to help us make the day more successful.”

Bicycles at Anthony ISD SFSP kickoffBy partnering with the Texas Hunger Initiative and local businesses, Anthony ISD added a water slide, a dunking booth and carnival games at the kick-off in 2016. Anthony ISD also gave away 10 bikes that were purchased using business donations.

The district got the support of local businesses by sending letters asking them to support SFSP activities and the kick-off event. Vendors were asked to participate in the 2016 kick-off “carnival” by bringing games and asking children to participate to get free prizes.

“In 2016 we had sack races,” Carrasco said. “I had a line of parents on one side and a group of kids on the other side. I wanted the parents to get involved. I gave away tickets to a water park for our winners.Fire hose spray for kids at Anthony ISD kick-off event for SFSPWe try to make it fun.”

Anthony ISD’s SFSP kick-off shows that even when it starts small, a kick-off can gain momentum throughbuilding additional partnerships. For instance, inviting TV stations and community newspapers can provide valuable exposure if media outlets choose to attend the event for an opportunity to produce a positive news story. Regardless of the size, kick-off events offer SFSP contracting entities an excellent chance to connect with local children and increase awareness of SFSP. 


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