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Some grant applications include in their instructions (like the one I just
submitted) that secondary schools use the statistics provided by their
feeder schools, with the assumption that if the feeder schools have a
certain population, chances are that children from the same neighborhoods
will have the same general characteristics.  I would think you could draw
some of the same statistical conclusions for public libraries, only casting
a wider net.

There are also US Census data available that show income ranges in an area,
right down to the city block. (of course, it'll be a few years old...)

Jennifer Burke LMS
Centennial Place Elementary School
Atlanta, GA

> -----Original Message-----
> Folks,
> It is my understanding that as students grow older, fewer and fewer of
> them apply for free and reduced lunches because they're embarassed by
> their qualification. That hurts schools and public libraries
> who depend
> on those statistics for grants.
> Has anyone worked with their school to make sure as many as
> possible of
> the students who qualify are actually applying from year to year?

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