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TAXPAYERS, LOWER YOUR TAXES AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS!
 
TAX CREDIT: HOW DOES IT WORK?

A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.

What is an EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY?

Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 

HOW CAN I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TAX CREDIT? UPDATE

Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Meal Storage and Heating Instructions

All Fresh Milk & Juices: Refrigeration required. Consume by the “Best By” date located on the product.
Fresh Whole Fruit: Refrigeration recommended, but not required.
String Cheese: Refrigeration required. Consume within 5 days.
All Cereals, Crackers, Chips, Sunflower Seeds: Shelf-stable. No refrigeration required.
All Shelf-Stable Fruit: (e.g.: Applesauce cups, Raisins, etc.): Shelf-stable. No refrigeration required. Consume by the “Best By” date located on the product.
Grain-Based Breakfast Pastries (e.g.: Benefit Bar, Honey Bun, Muffin, Cinnamon Roll, etc.): Previously frozen product. Shelf-stable, but consume within 5 days.
Fresh Processed/Bagged Fruit & Vegetables as well as cold fruit: refrigeration required. Consume by the “Best By” date located on the product.
Cold Sandwiches (e.g.: PBJ, Wraps, Sub Sandwich, etc.): Refrigeration required. Previously frozen product. Consume the same day. Sandwiches (PBJ, Wrap, Sub Sandwich, Wedge Sandwich, etc.)
Lunch Items that require heating (Hamburger, Burrito, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Patty, Corn Dog, Pizza, etc.): Store in refrigeration until ready to heat & consume. Store in refrigerator no longer than 5 days. See heating instructions below.

HEATING INSTRUCTIONS:

If the item has heating instructions on packaging, follow the manufacturer’s recommended heating instructions on package. If the item does not have heating instructions, follow the instructions below.


PERSONAL PAN PIZZA MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM FROZEN STATE:
  1. Remove pizza from package.
  2. Place frozen pizza on a microwave safe plate.
  3. Place in microwave and cook for 2:15 to 2:45 minutes on high power.

PERSONAL PAN PIZZA OVEN INSTRUCTIONS FROM FROZEN STATE:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place pizza on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 26-28 minute, rotating pizza halfway through cook time.

All Other Lunch Items that require heating (Hamburger, Burrito, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Patty, Corn Dog, etc.
MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM FROZEN STATE:
  1. Remove the item(s) from the package.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 90 seconds.
  3. Product is ready to consume when an internal temperature of at least 165°F degrees is reached.
  4. If product has not reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F, continue to reheat on HIGH in 30 second intervals until minimum internal temperature of 165°F is reached.
  5. Remove item from microwave, remove from wrapper, and let sit for one minute before consuming.

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS FROM FROZEN STATE:
  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Remove the item(s) from the package, place product on baking sheet, and cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Product is ready to consume when an internal temperature of at least 165°F degrees is reached. 4. If product has not reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F, continue to cook in oven, checking every 5-10 minutes until minimum internal temperature of 165°F is reached.
  4. Remove item from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes before consuming.

MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THAWED STATE:
  1. Remove the item(s) from the package
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds.
  3. Product is ready to consume when an internal temperature of at least 165°F degrees is reached.
  4. If product has not reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F, continue to reheat on HIGH in 15- 20 second intervals until minimum internal temperature of 165°F is reached.
  5. Remove item from microwave, remove from wrapper, and let sit for one minute before consuming.

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS FROM THAWED STATE:
  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Remove the item(s) from the package, place product on baking sheet, and cook in the oven for 20- 25 minutes.
  3. Product is ready to consume when an internal temperature of at least 165°F degrees is reached.
  4. If product has not reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F, continue to cook in oven, checking every 5-10 minutes until minimum internal temperature of 165°F is reached.
  5. Remove item from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes before consuming.