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You Can Text This Number to Find Free Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

You Can Text This Number to Find Free Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

A quick text message can help families locate nearby federally supported summer meals sites, which are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children who rely on school lunches and breakfasts during the school year.

Text "food" or "comida" to 877-877 and you will receive a prompt to reply with your address or zip code. The service then pulls active summer-meal sites from a U.S. Department of Agriculture database and sends you a list of nearby locations.

The service, created by the No Kid Hungry organization, has been around for a few years, but it's enjoyed a recent boom of sharing on social media. In the era of "fake news," some have questioned if it is too good to be true. Those concerns even prompted the fact-checking site Snopes.com to write a post about the service, confirming that it's real. 

Update: Some readers have pointed out some glitches in the sites the text service recommends to them. You can also find nearby summer meals sites on the USDA website. No Kid Hungry tells me that the sites are only listed when they are active, which is usually after school is out in your area. 

Summer meal programs, hosted by schools and approved non-profit organizations, offer free meals to children in areas where 50 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. In some cases, those meals are offered from trucks and buses that go into low-income neighborhoods where children may lack transportation to meals sites.

More than half of U.S. public school students now qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, a common marker of poverty for schools. But child nutrition advocates have said some families who could benefit from the summer food program don't know about it.

"Last year, for example, only about 16 percent of the kids who rely on free/reduced meals during the school year were getting meals in the summer," No Kid Hungry says in a release. "One major obstacle: Many families either don't know the program exists or don't know how to find sites."

The texting campaign joins a host of other publicity efforts designed to boost participation in summer meal programs in recent years.

In 2016, the program received 55,000 texts from users in every state, a six percent increase over the previous year, organizers said.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents/Guardians of Incoming Kindergarteners for the 2017-2018 School Year: 

Kindergarten Registration was held on March 1st at Homer-Center Elementary. If you missed this date and have a Kindergarten student you need to register, please call Kara Gardner (Elementary School Counselor) at 724-479-9077 ext. 1116. You will also need to pick up a registration packet from the elementary main office and complete it. You must return the registration packet to the main office with proof of residency, proof of immunizations and birth certificate of the child you are enrolling. 

Please also join us for Kindergarten Orientation which will be held on Thursday, May 11th


Immunization Information: Please see the flyers attached to the bottom of this page for important information about immunization requirements for students in Pennsylvania. 

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Beginning on February 11th, there will be Children’s Art Workshops

at the Artist’s Hand Art Gallery

in Indiana.

The workshops will be every Saturday afternoon.


For more information, please see

Mr. Hartnett

Breakfast Book Club



December, 2016 

Homer-Center Elementary received a grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Homer-Center was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants.

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson.

“We are ecstatic to have received a check in the amount of $2500.00 to fund and resurrect the Breakfast Book Club for interested 5th and 6th grade students in our elementary school.  This award of money will be used to buy breakfast for 30 students and purchase current young adult literature for these avid readers,” comments Mrs. Suzanne Mateer, 6th grade ELA teacher who is responsible for receiving the grant.

Mateer and Mrs. Amy Skoff, 5th grade ELA teacher, are the sponsors of the book club this year.  The first meeting was held in our elementary library in early December with much enthusiasm.  The club will meet monthly from 7:45-8:25am in the library.  In May, the club will hold their last meeting at Eat ‘n Park to enjoy the breakfast buffet. 

Attendance Works

Parents: Please click the links below for information concerning the importance of classroom attendance. 

Student Pick up Procedures

Attention Elementary Parents and Guardians: 
There will be a change in how students will be released to adults in the back parking lot after school. Those who are picking up children must see a staff member at the back door to sign out the child. Thank you for your patience as we ensure the safety of all of our children.



To increase communication with parents, students and the community, HCSD has created a Facebook page. To follow us go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homer-Center-School-District/307889926083605?sk=insights



The school nurse provides these helpful hints to all students and parents
    •  Avoid close contact with sick people
    •  Wash your hands often
    •  Cover your cough and sneezes
    •  Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    •  Clean and disinfect surfaces
    •  Stay home when you are sick


Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, all Friday Folder announcements and notifications will be placed on the Elementary School Website (www.homercenter.org) for your information. You will find a link on the left page of this webpage to the "Friday Folder ". 
The Friday Folder that your child brings home will include only information from either their teacher(s) or other school related papers that may require a parent/guardian signature or other response, as some of these pieces of information may be required to be returned to the school.

Security Procedures:

Dear Parents, Community, and Staff, 

 The new security procedures are now in place and will become our new operational habit and we expect that all will follow accordingly for the process to assist in keeping our schools as safe as possible.   Again I mention that we are fortunate that the Board of School Directors approved this new technology which increases security for our students and staff.   The protection of our entire community, the students and staff, is something we prioritize at Homer-Center.   So, while the learning curve for the new system may seem like an inconvenience at first, we also know everyone benefits from upgraded comprehensive security measures now in place and will be our new normal operating procedure.


Here are highlights for school visitors regarding the changes:

Here are highlights for school visitors regarding the changes:

    1. Visitors must gain entry to the schools only at the main entrance of each school.   All external doors are locked.
    2. Visitors will be required to push the button and speak into the camera lens located on the device called an “aiphone”.  The “aiphone” is located on the outside wall next to the main entry door.  The “aiphone” is a system that will allow individuals within the school to talk to and see people outside of the school. 
    3. Visitors will be expected to state their name and the purpose of their visit to the school’s office personnel via the “aiphone”.  Authorization to enter may be granted by the school office personnel.
    4. Visitor access to the main hallways of the school building will be limited. 
    5. All visitors, once permitted access to the office, will remain secure and locked in the office area until further access is granted, if needed.

If you have any questions regarding this procedural change for access to the schools, feel free to contact this office.  Again, thank you to all for your anticipated cooperation in this process.

          Dr. Koren, Superintendent

2016-17 School Day Schedule 
8:05 - 8:45 AM    Cafeteria Open for Breakfast
                                All students entering the building via front or back doors must report
                                to the cafeteria immediately.
8:45 AM                Morning Announcements
8:50 AM                Instructional Day Begins
3:15 PM                Student Dismissal
3:25 PM                Teacher Dismissal


DUE TO EMERGENCY PLANS AND THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF, THERE IS TO BE NO PARKING ALONG THE YELLOW CURB IN FRONT OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS A BUS/FIRE LANE THAT MUST BE KEPT OPEN! IF YOU ARE PICKING UP OR DROPPING OFF A STUDENT, THIS MAY OCCUR FOR A BRIEF PERIOD ONLY.  Parking is available in the parking lot to the right as you enter the school driveway, or behind the elementary school.  You must, however, still enter through the school's front doors and sign in at the elementary office.

Due to safety issues, the front door of the elementary school will be locked at 4:00 PM daily and remain locked until the following morning. 

I would like to share with you some important information that you will need to keep in mind this school year.
1.)  Picking up children from school

     Since most of our students ride a bus home from school, it will be necessary for you to send a signed note to the school when you need to pick up your child from school, rather than them riding their regular bus home. Please be sure the note includes the date and time your child will be dismissed and the name of the person who will be picking them up. We will only allow the child to leave with the person who has been given permission from the parent/guardian. Written arrangements must be made in these situations. Only when an unexpected circumstance or emergency arises should a request for a bus change in the afternoon be phoned in to the elementary office.

For those picking students up at the back of the school and dropping them off, especially during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times, we have painted lines and arrows to direct traffic for a safer transition. Personnel will be at the back of the school to direct traffic. Please pay attention to their directions.

2.)  Entering the building
       Anyone entering the building must enter through the main entrance and must report directly to the elementary office. At no time should anyone travel through the hallways to enter a classroom without checking in with the elementary office first for a visitor's pass. This procedure is in place to help ensure the safety of all students and staff in order to be aware who is visiting in our building.
3.)   Bus schedule changes
       There have been some bus schedule changes this year. Please refer to the Homer-Center District Newsletter (which may be accessed online by clicking on the link at the top of this page) for all bus times.
Thank you for your attention to these matters.  We are all very excited as we progress into the 2016-17 school year!

Student Photos

During the course of the school year many times photos are taken of students during a group activity, etc. IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD’S PICTURE DISPLAYED EITHER IN THE NEWSPAPER OR OTHER TYPE MEDIA, PLEASE LET THE ELEMENTARY OFFICE KNOW IN WRITING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.   Thank you!

Visitor Tags

Parents and visitors are always welcome at Homer-Center Elementary School. Your help and involvement in your child's education is always appreciated. However, for the safety of everyone in our building we ask that ALL visitors ALWAYS sign in at the office and wear a visitor tag while at school. This is simply a way for our staff to quickly see and assess that all visitors have checked in at the office.

The Homer-Center School District has a Sapphire Community Portal to permit you to access important information concerning your child's progress reports, grades and attendance.  By using your child's username, password and pin number provided to you, you will be able to view this information from any computer that has internet access.  Once you have logged on to the elementary school website, and into the Community Portal, you will find it very easy to navigate.  Should you have any questions or problems gaining access, or if you have forgotten your child's username, password, or pin number, please contact the elementary office.

Message to Parents: 

You are an intricate part of your child(ren's) lives. Our children need all of our support to reach their potential as great thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our commitment to work together as partners will benefit our students' academic, social and emotional growth as they become citizens of the world, computing and collaborating in an ever-changing global environment. Our educators play a critical role of teaching knowledge and skills, but children's attitudes toward school and their habits of studying, reading and learning, are largely developed at home.
Studies have consistently linked parental involvement with higher student grades and test scores, more positive student attitudes and behaviors, and improved school environments. When "healthy" relationships exist between home and school, teachers, students and parents reap the rewards. I look forward to working with all of you during the 2016-17 school year to make it the best experience possible for every student!

 Michael Stofa, Elementary Principal  


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