4 ways MySchoolBucks can help schools do more with less

In a survey by the District Administration at the start of the 2023-2024 school year, 45% of schools surveyed reported insufficient staff as an ongoing issue. As districts grapple with the downstream effects of limited resources, it becomes even more important for schools to find technology partners that can create efficiencies and help them overcome operational challenges.

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Don't miss out! Register now for Connect 2024

It’s time to register for Connect 2024! Meet the Heartland team in Durham, NC for our biggest training event of the year, where you can hear about all of our products and what’s coming in the year ahead.

Take a look at what you’ll have the chance to learn more about at this year’s conference:

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How one centralized payments platform helped Leeds City School District

 

I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Ryan Miller, who serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Leeds City Schools in Alabama. Ryan brings a unique perspective to the table as a certified public accountant (CPA) and has been utilizing MySchoolBucks for some time now. As a self-proclaimed MySchoolBucks lover, Ryan shared his experience with the platform and the benefits and features he finds most valuable.

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Celebrate GivingTuesday this year

Since 2012, GivingTuesday has been a global initiative that encourages people to do good during the holiday season. This year on November 28th, join the movement and help your community get involved by supporting the causes that matter most to your school district!

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Introducing MSB Tickets + PickleJuice

At Heartland, we strive to deliver innovative solutions that strengthen school operations, simplify tasks for parents, and enrich the student experience through our school enablement platform. This includes MySchoolBucks, our online school commerce service that’s trusted by over 30,000 schools and millions of families nationwide.

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The how to’s for managing meal debt in 2023 and beyond

In summer 2022 universal free meal waivers expired and, due to this change, many school nutrition programs are again faced with the challenge of managing student meal debt. In a November 2022 survey of school nutrition directors conducted by the School Nutrition Association, districts reported meal debt as low as $15 and as high as $1.7 million with an accumulated debt totaling over 19 million dollars nationwide. 

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Experience It All at Connect 2023 – Here’s What To Expect

Connect 2023 is almost here! Join us in Nashville March 21-22 or virtually March 27-30 for our largest training conference of the year. This is your chance to learn more about your Heartland products, connect with peers, meet with product experts, and so much more. Here are a few things to look forward to:

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Four Key Areas Where Schools Can Reduce Cash Handling

As districts start planning for the return of students in the new school year, ensuring the health and safety of staff and students is more important than ever. This new mindset requires schools to rethink some of their policies and procedures, in particular, the way they collect and manage school payments. 

Contactless payments can play an essential role in helping to limit in-person interactions and reducing physical cash handling. Many schools have already adopted an online payment solution that gives parents a convenient way to pay online, while giving staff an easy way to manage those payments.

Here are four key areas where schools can reduce cash handling:

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5 Unique Ways Parent Organizations Can Fundraise This School Year

The beginning of the school year is a busy time for parent teacher organizations to raise funds for events, field trips, school supplies, athletics, and more. Fundraisers also help PTO or PTA volunteers get involved with their school community to reach their organization's goals. While raising money can be as easy as requesting a donation, hosting events or contests can increase participation and provide a fun experience for families. Here are some unique fundraising ideas for your parent organizations this upcoming school year: 

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The Continued Success of Greenville County School's Annual Golf Fundraiser

Over the last 23 years, Greenville County Schools in South Carolina has hosted their annual Greenville County Schools (GCS) Scholarship Tournament. The event brings in hundreds of participants to raise scholarship money for high school seniors. Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $550,000 in scholarship funds to help over 4,000 graduating seniors. In the last few years the tournament has partnered with MySchoolBucks to help collect registrations and payments online.  

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