Schools prepare packets, serve meals

KISD schools continue preparing meals, take-home packets
By: Todd Martin
Entering a second week of school closure, a handful of Killeen ISD campus staff members leaned into the task Monday of making copies for take-home school work as school nutrition staff members continued to distribute free breakfast and lunch.
Killeen ISD is laboring to launch its Continued Learning Center for online learning Wednesday, the same day that families can pick up packets at their schools.
The district’s school nutrition staff members served breakfast and lunch at 12 school sites daily since last Tuesday and an additional Nolanville lunch site. Through Monday, the distribution totaled 2,676 breakfast and 9,545 lunches.
At West Ward Elementary School, Beth Ozga, the principal’s secretary, labored to stuff 500 envelopes with grade level-specific handouts to distribute to families.
Principal Tammy Thornhill said teachers contacted every student and determined which families needed the packet mailed to their home.
“We miss them,” said Thornhill of the students and staff. “I have had so many people reach out to help. We’re very blessed.”
She urged parents to stay in touch with teachers, who are working remotely according to their school’s regular schedule.
Ashley Todd, with her five children, made her daily walk to West Ward to pick up lunch. “We definitely appreciate it,” she said, walking along the sidewalk in front of the school with children age 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.
“It’s a 5-minute walk for us,” she said, pushing a stroller as her toddlers walked with her. “The exercise is good and the kids like to get out of the house.”
The mother of five said she home-schools her children before they start formal schooling and has been using a tablet to provide lessons this past week. “We’re doing at-home learning,” she said. “They enjoy it.”
Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch are available for KISD students 18 and younger at 12 schools. Breakfast is available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Locations include Cedar Valley, Hay Branch, Harker Heights, Oveta Culp Hobby, Peebles, Pershing Park, Reeces Creek, West Ward and Willow Springs elementary schools, Manor and Rancier middle schools and the Shoemaker High School concession stand.
An additional lunch site is the Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas at 400 Gold Star Avenue in Nolanville.
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