School Business Affairs December 2019

26 DECEMBER 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS Lunch Heroes. The general ledger included student activity accounts for each school location, as well as the district, allowing donations to be made to a specific school or to the district itself. No fees were associated with these donations. In addition, the district worked with the web store provider on the wording of each receipt— which is signed by the superinten- dent—for tax purposes. The district launched the pro- gram in December 2017, informing the school community through a variety of communication vehicles, including social media and school newsletters. The district’s communi- cation also includes a website (www. lunch_heroes), as well as flyers that are shared each month on the schools’ online flyer system. The cost to provide lunch for a student for a month is approxi- mately $50. Donation amounts vary but often are $50. The district has INDE X OF ADVERT I SERS American Fidelity Assurance Company . back cover DecisionInsite, LLC . page 22 Harris School Solutions . page 3 Public Trust Advisors, LLC. page 11 Ricoh USA, Inc. page 15 United HealthCare Services, Inc. inside front cover U.S. Retirement & Benefit Partners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 19 Virco Manufacturing Corporation. inside back cover Figure 1. Francis Howell School District’s Lunch Heroes flyer. received support from local organi- zations, and community members have made significant donations to the Lunch Heroes program. One community member began by paying the lunch balance for an entire elementary school, then paid off the negative balances for the nearby middle and high schools as well. This one donor gave the Lunch Heroes program a total of $1,566. Giving Tuesday—a social movement that occurs after the Thanksgiv- ing holiday—is another source of donations. Each school’s administrative team works with its guidance office staff to distribute these donations to students in need. The district-wide donations are allocated to schools quarterly on the basis of need. From December 2017 to June 2018, the district received $21,000 from online donations and was able to ensure that 421 students had a hot nutri- tious school lunch. Francis Howell School District has been the beneficiary of many won- derful, giving community members who are ensuring that its students have the nutrition they need to focus on their academics. Cindy Reilmann is director of finance for Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, Missouri. Email: Cindy.Reil- Jennifer Henry is communications man- ager for Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, Missouri. Email: Jennifer.