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Thursday, August 29, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Verbal Abuse--Slurs and Name-calling It is far easier for teachers, parents and playground supervisors to spot physical harassment than it is for them to notice something that can be just as damaging-- slurs and name-calling. In reality, the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me" has little merit. Words truly can hit as hard as a fist and unkind labels can follow children throughout their school years. Do not allow labels in your home. Forbidding your children to use ctwse words is important, but it is not enough. You also need to make sure they are not using ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual orientation slurs. Explain that using labels like these is insensitive and prevents them from seeing the person as an individual. Talk about the cruelty some words convey. The phrase "That's so gay" has be- come a common slur among young children, although many do not understand the cruelty that is behind these words. Help children understand the pain that slurs and name-calling can cause. Explain that being different" is not justification for being harassed. Although children have always picked on peers who did not seem to fit in, today the abuse has become bolder and, in some cases, led to deadly beatings. Other children, long-term targets of bullies, have turned to violence--or even suicide--in a form of sick re- venge. It is simply not acceptable for families or schools to allow the harassment of children for any reason at all. Talk with them about false impressions. A girl who would rather play sports than play with dolls is not boyish or a lesbian; she is just a girl who would rather play sports. The same is true for boys who may not enjoy rough-and-tumble activities. Calling children names like "gay boy" or "queer" just because they choose to follow their own interests, is an ignorant choice and cannot be allowed. Help them understand when words are okay and when they are noL Some chil- dren may feel that it is okay to use a slur if they have heard it repeatedly from others. Help them understand the difference between a word that is being used as a put- down and a word that is simply a description. Use non-judgmental terms. If children are curious about the terms "gay" and "straight," tell them that some people are ga or homosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the same sex, while most other people are straight, or het- erosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the opposite sex. Saying "my uncle is gay" (if he is) is simply a statement of fact. Calling classmates "gay" or "queer" simply to be hurtful is just as unacceptable as those old ethnic and racial slurs that have long been forbidden. Pay close attention to how your children--and their friends--are behaving toward others and talk with them about how it would feel if they were the targets of name-calling, *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 Student Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Announced The policy for free and reduced-price school meals for children who are unable to PaY the full price of meals has been released by the Iowa Department of Education. The meals are served through the National School Lunch Program, School Break- fast Program and the Aflerschool Care Snack Programs. State and local offcials have adopted family size and income criteria for deter- mining eligibility (see chart below). Households may apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits one of four ways: * Students from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for reduced-price meals or for free meals. All children in a household may be listed on one application, which then can be returned to any one of the children's schools. * Students from Food Assistance households and children who receive benefits under the Family Investment Program (FIP) are eligible for free meals. Most children from Food Assistance and FIP households will qualify for free meals automatically. These households will be notified of benefits in letters from their children's schools. Households that receive a letter from the school district need to do nothing more to enstire their children receive free meals. * Some Food Assistance and FIP households will receive letters from the Iowa Department of Human Services. Children listed in the letters will qualify for free meals, but parents must first take these letters to the children's schools. * Food Assistance or FIP households that receive benefits but do not receive a letter from DHS must apply for free school meals on behalf of their children. Only complete applications will be approved by schools. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. If a family member becomes unemployed, t_tie  family should contact the school to complete an application. Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits. Some foster children will qualify for free meals automatically through the State Direct Certification process and their host families will be notifiedof these benefits. Families that are notified need to do nothing more to ensure their children receive free meals. Families with live-in foster children who are not notified but wish to apply for free meals will find instructions on the application form. Participants in the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on a completed application. Household s with children who are enrolled in the Head Start/Even Start Program or the Migrant Education Program or who are considered homeless or runaway by the school district's homeless liaison should contact the school for assistance with benefits. Individuals who are dissatisfied with a ruling by school officials can for- mally appeal, either orally or in writing, to the school's designated hearing official.  The policy statement on file at the school contains an outline of the hearing proce- dure. School officials may verify the information in the application and that deliber- ate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal criminal statutes. Households should contact their local schools for more information. INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES Effective 7-1-2013 FREE MEALS Household Size; Yearly; Monthly; Twice a Month; Every two weeks; Weekly 1; 14,937; 1,245; 623; 575; 288 2; 20,163; 1,681; 841; 776; 388 3; 25,389; 2,116; 1,058; 977; 489 4; 30,615; 2,552; 1,276; 1,178; 589 5; 35,841; 2,987; 1,494; 1,379; 690 6; 41,067; 3,423; 1,712; 1,580; 790 7; 46,293; 3,858; 1,929; 1,781; 891 8; 51,519; 4,294; 2,147; 1,982; 991 For each additional family member add: 5,226; 436; 218; 201; 101 REDUCED-PRICE MEALS Household Size; Yearly; Monthly; Twice a Month; Every two weeks; Weekly 1; 21,257; 1,772; 886; 818; 409 2; 28,694; 2,392; 1,196; 1,104; 552 3; 36,131; 3,011; 1,506; 1,390; 695 4; 43,568; 3,631; 1,816; 1,676; 838 5; 51,005; 4,251; 2,126; 1,962; 981 6; 58,442; 4,871; 2,436; 2,248; 1,124 7; 65,879; 5,490; 2,745; 2,534; 1,267 8; 73,316; 6,110; 3,055; 2,820; 1,410 For each additional family member add: 7,437; 620; 310; 287; 144 Non-discrimination statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal law and U,S, Department of Agri- culture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who ' are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Fed- eral Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal op- portunity provider and employer. Iowa non-discrimination notice: It is the policy of this CNP provider not to dis- criminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment prac- tices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: http:// www.stateAa.us/govemment/crc/index.html. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m, - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. .... Closed Sundays