During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved spending that allowed schools to serve free meals to all students. This funding will not continue for the 2022-23 school year.
Valley View ISD has begun distributing letters to the households of children in the district regarding eligibility and the steps households must take to apply for these benefits. Applications are also available at 106 Newton St. Valley View, Texas 76272 and on the Valley View ISD website.
Münster ISD will start sending out letters and applications on August 3rd. Families are encouraged to fill out the Free and Discounted School Meals Application available at https://www.muensterisd.net/Page/1134 and return the completed form to any school office or email it to kami.creed@muensterisd .org
Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools notify the household of the child’s eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.
For Munster households eligible for free or discounted meals based on income, one adult in the household must complete the Free and Discounted Meals Application and mail it to Kami Creed, Administrative Secretary, PO Box 608, 113 E. 7., Munster, TX 76252 or by email to email@example.com.
New schedule at NCTC
North Central Texas College is introducing its new proposed course blocks. Students have now suggested course schedules that allow them to stack their most needed courses one by one.
The new program aims to eliminate classes spread throughout the day and give students time during the day and weekdays.
NCTC enrolls for the fall semester at https://www.nctc.edu/apply. For more information on proposed course blocks, students can visit https://www.nctc.edu/courseblocks. There is an informational video at https://youtu.be/VXpF25ziOkM.
DA is hosting a mass shooting program on August 5th
Cooke County District Attorney John Warren will host a program on August 5 with a nationally known expert on mass shootings.
Phil Chalmers will be speaking at the Gainesville Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on topics such as teenage killers, school gunners and the like. He has been dealing with murderers and culture for 35 years. He is the author of several books, including the popular Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer. About the last quarter center he came to the causes, warning signs and triggers of such murderers. He regularly interviews criminals, writes true crime books, and appears on true crime television.
Topics covered include the history of school massacres and juvenile murders, warning signs from school gunners, crime prevention tips, and live interviews with offenders. The live training takes place in the classroom and includes hundreds of crime scene photos and videos of active filming.
The event is free and open to the public. It will contain graphic content and no one under the age of 18 may enter. For more information, visit philchalmers.com or call Tracy King at 940-668-5456.
GAVA accepts art submissions
The Gainesville Area Visual Arts would like artists in North Texas and South Oklahoma to submit art for their Fall 2022 art show. Beautiful Things is the theme of this year’s annual show. Original art only – which has not been featured in the GAVA Fall Art Exhibition for the past four years. GAVA reserves the right to disqualify any art it deems inappropriate.
The art submission will take place September 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe Depot Museum, 605 E California St. in Gainesville. GAVA members pay $15 per entry, non-GAVA members pay $20 per entry – four works can be submitted per artist. Students are encouraged to submit their art. Registration forms and more information are available on the GAVA website at www.gainesvilleareavisualarts.org.
Gainesville Area Visual Arts will award awards in four categories – Traditional, Contemporary, 3D & Photography/Digital Art – and this year’s GAVA Jury is Barbara Mason. There will also be a themed award, the Breaking the Mold Deaver Art Award and a People’s Choice Award. Local businesses will present their own awards and prize money. Over $4,000 in cash prizes will be presented.
The Beautiful Things Fall Art Exhibition is held at the Santa Fe Depot Museum. The show is free to the public and runs September 18-25.
The free public reception will take place on September 17th.