Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Clover Park school representatives on the radio

The Clover Park School District, with a goal to increase community engagement and communication, will be participating in a “Community Conversation” on KLAY 1180 AM radio. Representatives from the school district will be on the air on the first Friday of every month. Listen through the district’s website at

Parents can learn about new federal education law

The Washington State Charter Schools Association will host an information session for current charter school leaders, board members and parents about how the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act affects charter schools in the state. Participants will be able to ask questions and offer their thoughts about the implementation. The meeting will run 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Innovation Center, 210 S. Hudson St., Seattle.

Registration is required by Monday at For more information call 206-832-8505 or email

Tacoma summer jobs program awarded grant

Summer Jobs 253, which just completed its fourth year, was recently selected as one of 20 work-based learning programs to receive a $15,000 grant. The program places Tacoma youths in summer internships. This year, 172 students completed the program with the help of 67 area employers. The grant comes from the governor’s office, Washington STEM, and the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.

Apply now for free, reduced-price meals

The state superintendent’s office notes that schools participating in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program for low-income families should distribute application packets to families at the start of the school year. The packets contain instructions and directions on where the application should be sent.

The application process is simple and confidential. Applications are reviewed and a determination is made within 10 operating days of of the application being received. Households denied eligibility can appeal the decision by contacting their school.

Applications can be submitted any time during the school year. Households that experience a change in income due to job loss or other circumstances are encouraged to apply.

Students receiving help through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the Basic Food Program — as well as all other students in the same household — automatically qualify for free meals. The Department of Social and Health Services provides the state superintendent with a list of children who receive these services to facilitate automatic eligibility.

An individual’s school should also be able to explain provisions that apply to foster children, as well as homeless and migrant students. Schools can also assist non-English speaking families who need assistance completing the application.

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers