The 2017-18 school year is almost here! You and your staff are ready to start another year of serving students healthy meals everyday. What if you had more funds to promote your program and boost participation? MySchoolBucks and Heartland School Solutions are excited to offer Growth Grants for the start of the 2017-18 school year!
Recently, much media attention has been focused on school cafeterias and the (seemingly) controversial methods used when students cannot pay for their meal. Cafeteria staff have an obligation to balance feeding hungry kids, maintaining financial stability, and following district guidelines. Occasionally, something has to give.
Most have started – thinking, planning, and organizing for the 2017-2018 school year. It's never too early to begin organizing materials, student class enrollment, back to school kick off, student registration events, and fall programs.
Does student lunch participation come to mind? How do you plan to get more students involved in purchasing lunch? Do you consider the short lunch period – where cafeteria staff feel rushed to transact students and make sure they have time to eat?
Our research shows that for every student who submits cash or check payment, it can take up to 7 seconds for the transaction to complete.
What does that mean? 50 students could add 6 minutes to each lunch period. If those same students prepaid for their meals, more time can be spent making additional sales at your serving lines.
MySchoolBucks provides a library of supporting material to help promote its service to students and parents. Utilizing these FREE resources can help get the word out to parents, increase participation and speed up your serving lines!
Promotional materials are also available for School Store users. Promote a school event, apparel, tech fees and more! Create a custom flyer, add your own message and logo and have them sent directly to you.
To place an order or access any of these materials, be sure to visit MySchoolBucks Marketing Central.
Those end-of-year events are sneaking up on schools with AP exams, proms, and graduation right around the corner. And what’s next?...summer programs! It can be a challenge to promote your summer programs when spring events and exams become a focus.
Many families start making summer plans early in the year to accommodate work schedules, vacation time, and other obligations. This means that creating a clear communication plan early on is the key to successfully promoting summer programs before school lets out for the summer.
Here are 5 tools to help get the word out and increase participation in summer programs at your district:
Bringing your school fundraiser online makes your cause convenient to donate to and easy to manage. But even with all the benefits of online fundraisers, there are still things you and your team can do to truly amplify the success of your event.
From all of us at Heartland School Solutions, we'd like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season!
Take a look at how our office stopped and celebrated this year with
our very own #MannequinChallenge:
With the new school year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure parents know about all that MySchoolBucks has to offer. Order free materials today!
As food costs continue to climb and many families struggle to make ends meet, school districts across the country continue to see a rise in unpaid meal charges. In SNA's State of School Nutrition 2014 survey, nearly 71% of schools reported that their meal program had unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Managing school funds from various entry points within a school district can be time consuming, redundant, and labor intensive. So much so, that the thought of changing the way you handle the exchange of funds is overwhelming and exhausting, making it easier to continue business as usual.
If you add up all the time that you spend entering fees, exporting reports, depositing checks in different accounts, and fixing errors, it is almost a full time job just managing funds. If you find yourself spending the vast majority of your time focusing on funds management, it might be time to consider a single solution to help simplify this process.
Look for a solution that has features that will allow you to be flexible in the way you manage funds, save time, reduce errors, make payments easy for parents, and, ultimately, go cashless on campus.