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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.


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.

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. 


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

Free Meals for All Children

Children need healthy meals to learn.  Litchfield Elementary School District #79 will be offering healthy meals to all students at no cost in School Year 2021-2022.  Every  school day your child(ren) will receive one free Breakfast and one free Lunch meal regardless of your household's income.  Additional Breakfast Meals, Lunch Meals and any additional items may be purchased at cost.

Students enrolled in our District's Distance Learning Academy and community members 18 years of age and younger who are NOT otherwise receiving meals from a school food program are eligible for 5-Day Box Meals.  The order form below will need to be completed and submitted no later than 10:00 AM every Monday for the following week's meals.  Pick up will be every Monday, 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM from Mabel Padgett Elementary School (15430 W. Turney Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85395).

Los niños necesitan comidas saludables para poder aprender. El Distrito Escolar Primario de Litchfield # 79 ofrecerá comidas saludables a todos los estudiantes sin costo en el año escolar 2021-2022. Cada día escolar, su (s) hijo (s) recibirán un desayuno gratis y un almuerzo gratis sin importar los ingresos de su hogar. Comidas adicionales: Desayuno, Almuerzo y cualquier artículo adicional se pueden comprar a un costo extra.

Los estudiantes inscritos en la Academia de Aprendizaje a Distancia de nuestro Distrito y los miembros de la comunidad de 18 años de edad o menos que NO reciban comidas de un programa de alimentos escolares son elegibles para las Comidas en Caja de 5 días. El formulario deberá completarse y enviarse a más tardar a las 10:00 a.m. todos los lunes para poder recibir las comidas de la semana siguiente. Podra recoger todos los lunes, de 7:00 a.m. A  7:30 a.m. En la escuela primaria Mabel Padgett (15430 W. Turney Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85395).


You must provide information to verify your child's eligibility
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information requested in order to verify your children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. If you do not provide the information or provide incomplete information, your children may no longer receive free or reduced-price meals. 
Civil Rights laws and policies are followed
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.