Five stories that have North Texas talking: Free meals for students during winter break; gas prices are down in time for holiday road trips; the best movies of 2017; and more.
The Dallas school district is offering free meals to students during the winter break.
Students 18 years and under and students with special needs up to age 21 are eligible for meals during their vacation. Meals, including a morning snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon, will be served today and then Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 5.
Along with meals, schools will also hold extracurricular and sports activities for students to keep them engaged in fun and safe activities during their break.
Below are some of the participating schools. Here’s the full list.
- W. A. Blair Elementary
- César Chávez Learning Center
- S. S. Conner Elementary
- Emmett J. Conrad High School
- Leila P. Cowart Elementary
- Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary
- Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Elementary
- Ebby Halliday Elementary
- J. W. Ray Learning Center
- W. W. Samuell High School
Fort Worth ISD and Arlington ISD do not offer free meals during the winter, but they do have a similar food program during the summer for students, as does Dallas ISD.
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