WORTHINGTON Friday, June 25 was the final day of the EDGE Summer Program at Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School. The students in these programs were able to enjoy many different activities while continuing to work toward reaching their goals in academic excellence. District 518 would like to thank all of the community members who helped to provide such enriching opportunities for our students.

Some activities students were able to participate in include a trip to Pioneer Village followed by a picnic lunch next to the Beach Nook at Centennial Park, a trip to Minnesota West to explore some of the facilities and opportunities available, a Flag Day activity that taught about the symbolism and historical importance of the United States flag, and a Reader’s Theater presentation. Many of these activities (and more) were supported by community members from across the District 518 community. Thank you to all those who were willing to lend your time, expertise and compassion to the students of ISD 518.

As EDGE programming draws to a close, the district looks towards the coming school year and what needs to be done to prepare. Some of the critical things community members and district families can do to help include a bit of paperwork that helps our district immensely. Two things the district would encourage families to do include registering any students who did not attend classes in ISD 518 last year but plan to do so in the 2021-2022 school year and families who may qualify for free or reduced lunches completing the application form.

To help for planning including staffing needs and possibly classroom sizes and occupancy, ISD 518 is asking all families with students who did not attend District 518 in the previous school year but plan on attending in the 2021-2022 school year to register with the district as soon as possible. To best plan for the upcoming year, the district needs accurate information regarding student attendance and enrollment numbers. Families may stop by the District Office at 1117 Marine Ave. in Worthington between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to register. Spanish-speaking families may call Petra Jimenez De Cornejo at (507) 727-1222.

Another aspect of planning for the 2021-2022 school year involves qualifying families completing a free and reduced lunch application form. Although this form has not been relevant for the cost to families for school meals, it remains a very important part of ISD 518 receiving funding for its meal service program. Families who may qualify for free or reduced lunches are asked to complete the form and submit it to the district before the start of the school year.

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The Free and Reduced Lunch Application form may be found on the district website by selecting the “Parent/Students” header at top of page and clicking on “Resources” from the drop down menu. On the Resources page, the form may be found on the right side under the “Resources” header. Forms may be submitted to the District Office. If you have questions or need assistance on the form, please contact Tracy Kunkel. You may reach Tracy by phone at (507) 372-2172 or by email at tracy.kunkel@isd518.net.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.