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Visit Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009477 Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus (2020-2021)
ACPO Vex Robotics
ACP Oakland VEX Robotics created and launched a new website to help interested parents, students and the community find out more about Chandler Unified School District robotics and other club programs. VEX Robotics (VRC) is a competitive robotics competition where various teams play against each other in several events every year, leading up to a world competition in Dallas, TX. Check out their website to learn more about robotics -- including opportunities to learn about design, coding, engineering and more at:  ACPO Vex Robotics website
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009476 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Artwork by Alexis Coffey
Congratulations to Alexis Coffey who won 2nd place in the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC)'s art competition! Alexis' artwork reflected the experience and interpretation of how students' lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Stuck@Home, But My Imagination is Free" juried art exhibition was open to East Valley students in grades 7-12.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009470 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Katherine Barton
The Sun Lakes Rotary honored Katherine Barton from Basha Elementary as teacher of the month for November. She received a framed certificate and $500 from the Sun Lakes Rotary - sponsored by Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009469 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Sam Bregman
Hamilton High student Sam Bregman is raising money with a goal of providing shoes to every student at Galveston Elementary in time for the holidays. Shoes for Galveston Students Fundraiser
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Visit Weinberg Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009471 Weinberg Gifted Academy (2020-2021)
Lisa King
The Sun Lakes Rotary honored Lisa King from Weinberg Gifted Academy as teacher of the month for December. She received a framed certificate and $500 from the Sun Lakes Rotary - sponsored by Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009475 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)

Congratulations to these students who ran and won 2020-2021 Student Council officer positions: Alexandra W. (President), Megan L. (Vice President), Sloane W. (Secretary), April S. (Treasurer), Madison L. and Amelia R. (Historians). We are so proud of you!
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A009468 Basha High (2020-2021)
Basha High FFA
Basha High Bears Future Farmers of America (FFA) students, under the direction of teacher Sharon Metzger, shined in the district FFA competitions. They had two first place teams, Livestock Evaluation and Nursery Landscape, one second place team, Agriculture Mechanics, and many individual award winners.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009459 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Open Division Champions
The Chandler Wolves defeated the Hamilton Huskies 23-21 on Saturday, Dec. 12 and are once again the Open Division Champions! This is the Wolves' fifth straight title and sixth in seven years. Congratulations, players, Coach Garretson and staff, on another undefeated season and state championship!
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009460 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Aryan Mathur
Chandler High senior Aryan Mathur has been named a Semifinalist for the 2021 Class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program and is in the running for a $20,000 scholarship. Only 1,609 high school seniors were selected as semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 applications submitted from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. Good luck, Aryan! Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 2021 Semifinalists
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009461 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2020-2021)
Patriot Writing Awards
CTA Liberty and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recognized two 6th graders for outstanding writing. Our sixth graders participated in the Patriotism to Me Writing Contest sponsored by the VFW. Liberty had two winners at 6th grade -- competing with 7th and 8th graders. Second place at the Post Level went to Raenon Parson. He received a certificate and medal along with a $100 scholarship prize. Third place at the Post Level went to Adrian Aguilar. He received a certificate and medal along with a $75 scholarship prize. Way to go, 6th grade Eagles!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009462 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award Winners
Mrs. Benoche's 4th grade students earned the Clean Classroom trophy for keeping their classroom neat and tidy.
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009457 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
Selene Mendoza Vasquez
The first generation in her family to become a college graduate, Bologna teacher Selene Mendoza Vasquez graduated on December 12 with her Masters Degree. Here's to empowering everyone around you and giving #athopecusd. We are so proud of you!
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009466 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Diversity Paper Chains
As part of our school holiday cheer, students passed out paper chains to each class. Then students in each class decorated their paper chain piece with their holiday traditions to celebrate our diversity! When they finished, fourth grade teacher Mrs. Estevez and her class hooked them all together and hung them for all to see in the front of the school. We may have to keep social distancing, but we are still working together as JETS!
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009455 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Katie Barton
Special Education teacher Katie Barton was selected as the November's Sun Lakes Rotary Teacher of the Month. Katie is an outstanding educator with a heart of gold and a tremendous work ethic.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009465 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Virtual Welcomes
Jacobson teachers are welcoming their new students VIRTUALLY to help new students get to know one another before the first day of school in January. Several Chandler Online Academy students are coming back in January after the winter break. Students who are in-person at school now are greeting their soon-to-be classmates virtually to help get to know each other before the first day! Students are grateful to see some smiling faces AND participate in a few activities with the classroom team before they officially come to class on January 5th! Friends get to CONNECT before the first day of school and are excited for when their IN-PERSON learning begins together! What a great idea to help support strong classroom learning environment. JETS fly with PRIDE!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009458 Casteel High (2020-2021)
STEM research methods class
Robin Flyte's 7th and 8th grade STEM research methods class at Casteel High School (the only class of its kind in the district) explored Physics and Math using marshmallow catapults. Students determined the best angle for launch to achieve maximum distance and also how to hit a target. Photo Album
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009463 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Nixon and Ashtyn
Congratulations to Nixon D. who won 1st place and Ashtyn Z. who won 2nd place in our school spelling bee.
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009454 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Kristin Myer
ACP High School senior Kristin Myer has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 class of the Coca Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and win a $20,000 college scholarship. Only 1,609 high school seniors were selected as semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 applications submitted from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. Best of luck, Kristin! Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 2021 Semifinalists
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009456 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)

Congratulations to Du, our 20-21 Bologna Spelling Bee Champion! Congratulations also to Kimberly who is our Finalist!
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009464 Hamilton High (2020-2021)

Congratulations to Hamilton seniors Jayashree Adivarahan, Ria Manathkar, Viveka Chinnasamy, Matthew Torel, Manvi Harde and Aris Zhu who have been named Semifinalists for the 2021 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. These students move now to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. 1,609 high school seniors were selected as Semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 2021 Semifinalists
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009451 Chandler High (2020-2021)
A Christmas Carol
Chandler High School Theatre presented "A Christmas Carol - A Live Radio Play" to a sold-out, socially-distanced audience under the stars in the Chandler Center for the Arts West Parking Lot. It was a special night that showcased unbelievable talent and creativity.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009452 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Girls Volleyball Awards
Kaylie Ray was named to First Team All-CUSD 2020 Girls Volleyball. In addition, Taylor Aguano and Reece Denney were Honorable Mention. Congratulations to Bobby Robson, Coach of the Year!
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009473 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Hull Elementary students in Heidi Raaf's second grade classroom learned all about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Students made their own hot air balloons to show off in their classroom parade.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009474 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Turkey Bowl
The annual Turkey Bowl at Hull Elementary was a little different this year with only sixth grade students, and no fans to cheer them on. It was still a great time. Everybody won, and principal Josh Cagle refereed.
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009453 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Mrs. Manmano's kindergarten students earned the Clean Classroom trophy for keeping their classroom neat and tidy.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009472 Santan Elementary (2020-2021)
Ernny Perez-Cortez
Ernny Perez-Cortez was named Santan Elementary's "Kind Kid of the Month." Ernny will receive a certificate and a gift card to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. The submitted form read: "Ernny in Jennifer Maize's kindergarten class greets each of his classmates by name every morning. The students begin their day with a big smile because of his act of kindness."
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009450 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
ACP Erie Innovators
[FILE PHOTO from 2019] Congratulations to the ACP Hydrohat team of ACP Innovators Sohani Sandhu, Abraham Troop, Kaitlyn Lai, Omina Nematova, Diya Nath, Ivan Alexander Kroumov, Jacob Kaufman-Warner, Nealin Banerjee and Daniel Wu on winning this year's Maricopa County Department of Public Health Climate and Health Champion Award 2020 in the Youth category! Their project in developing a hydrothermal-hat with sensors to monitor vital signs will play a vital role in helping to reduce heat illnesses in Maricopa County. Along with developing the Hydrothermal-Hat, their goal is to donate some of the hats to individuals and will most certainly help those most at risk of heat illness. The Maricopa County community is honored to have this team as part of our community.
Check out their Photo Album.
Check out their website at:
SenseHydro, LLC
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009447 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Rachna Nath
Congratulations to ACP Erie teacher Rachna Nath who in November was named 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority at the 17th annual Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards! Mrs. Nath received a plaque and a $1,500 award. The GCOI Awards honor the technology leaders and visionaries who are making critical contributions to technology, bioscience and education throughout the state of Arizona. 2020 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009448 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
JT Mulvhill
Arizona College Prep freshman JT Mulvihill designed a tougher football helmet and won a national prize for his invention! Congratulations, JT! AZCentral.com website: A Chandler student designed a tougher football helmet and won a national prize for it
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009449 Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus (2020-2021)
Broadcom MASTERS Certificate
Congratulations to former Oakland student JT Mulvihill who was selected as a BROADCOM MASTERS 2020 National Finalist -- one of the top 30 finalists in the country! Congratulations also to his Investigative Science teacher, Larissa Brown. Science for Society & the Public website: 2020 Broadcom MASTERS Winners and Finalists
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009395 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2020-2021)
National Elementary Honor Society Inductees
We are proud to announce that 20 new members were inducted virtually into the National Elementary Honor Society. Congratulations!
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009392 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Assistance
Hamilton's social worker team works hard to support families in need by providing daily food, hygiene, school supplies, clothing, gift cards, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities. They also assist other CUSD schools with supplies and gift cards by collaborating with staff and programs across the district. In November, they gave 80 Thanksgiving meals to Hamilton families at Sun Lakes Methodist Church and $2,280 in Fry's gift cards. This was made possible through community partnerships with local churches, the Sun Lakes community, neighborhood businesses and parents who support them every day, making sure students are taken care of and are able to focus on learning. Additionally, for the past six years, the Safeway store on Alma School and Chandler Heights has provided 40 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families at Hamilton. Partners at the Sun Lakes Methodist Church also donated 80 turkey meals. Together, we make a difference in our school and community.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009397 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Make-A-Wish
During Rivalry Week, Hamilton and Chandler High Schools worked together to raise donations for the Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish provides critically ill children a once in a lifetime experience with their family members. Both student councils are proud of their school communities and their participation for raising $3,896 for the foundation.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009398 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
If They Were President
Hull Elementary second graders shared what they would do if they were President of the United States.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009394 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Native American Shelters
Third graders in Cara Fenton's class made Native American shelters using natural resources.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009396 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Dictionaries
Hull Elementary third graders are so grateful for their new dictionaries. Thank you, Sun Lakes Rotary Club!
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009393 Knox Gifted Academy (2020-2021)
Giving Thanks Parade
Knox Gifted Academy's ninth annual "Giving Thanks Parade" went virtual this year. Like the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade it was inspired by, students at KGA had to find another way to bring their community together with their annual parade. The parade was watched in classes and sent home to parents. Kinder students made balloons. Fifth grade made floats and students in 4th-6th grade were in the recorder band. This year's parade looked different, but still brought joy to the school community.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009371 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Kristiana Corona
On November 21, theatre students from all over the state auditioned for colleges from all over the nation and competed for scholarships. We are proud to announce that our own Kristiana Corona received The Ovation Scholarship, which is awarded by the Educational Theatre Association to one student in each state or region who is majoring in theatre.
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Visit Rice Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009372 Rice Elementary (2020-2021)
Food Drive
Rice Elementary's student council food drive was a huge success! They collected over 6,000 canned goods which were donated to United Food Bank and Chandler CARE Center. Four watermelon bins were overflowing -- as well as 20 paper boxes, and several bags. AMAZING JOB!
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009369 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Food Drive
Basha Elementary student council was able to donate over 90 turkeys and non-perishable food items to the Chandler Care Center meal distribution program.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009366 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Battle of Arizona Avenue 2020
The Chandler Wolves defeated the Hamilton Huskies 34-14 on Friday night to win the Battle of Arizona Ave. and the Geico Series trophy. In addition, the 7-0 Wolves are the 6A Premier Champions and enter the Arizona Open Division tournament ranked #1 in the state and #5 in the nation.
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Wake-A-Wish
Chandler High and Hamilton High worked together to raise donations for the Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish provides critically ill children a once in a lifetime experience with their family members. Experiences include: I want to meet someone, I want to visit some place, or I want to be someone for a day. Both student councils are proud of their school communities and their participation for raising $3,896 during Rivalry Week for the foundation.
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Boys Basketball Food Drive
Chandler High boys basketball teamed up with AZCEND food bank to host a food drive this past Saturday. The team was able to collect 1,123 pounds of food and turkeys.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009405 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Hope Week
Counselors and social workers across the district celebrated Hope Week November 9-13. The Chandler Education Foundation created videos for Perry High and Galveston Elementary to highlight their social emotional learning campaign. Additionally, the CUSD CARES activity book (also available digitally on the website link) was provided to every Title I elementary student with colored pencils and a sharpener. CUSD CARES Activity Book
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009400 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Popcorn Chicken Salad
Food Management Magazine has recognized Chandler Unified School District for a "Best K-12 Meals" in the country. The food and nutrition department won the "Best Salad" for the popcorn chicken salad entry. This is a great accomplishment and highlights the food innovations happening in the field. Photo credit comes from Casteel High School. Meal description: Crispy romaine lettuce, diced cabbage, julienned carrots, shredded cheddar cheese and a hard-boiled egg topped with crispy popcorn chicken, served with housemade dinner roll, milk and juice on the side, it's easily a fan favorite at CUSD! Food Management Magazine: Popcorn Chicken Salad
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009399 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Hamilton Girls Win Volleyball Title
Hamilton High defeated rival Perry 3-1 Saturday night at Mesquite High to win the state girls volleyball title. The Pumas, playing in their second straight 6A state championship game, won the opener 25-19 before the Huskies prevailed in the next three, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18 to win their first state title. Congratulations to Huskies coach Sharon Vanis and Pumas coach Fred Mann on great seasons.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009401 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Giving Drigs the Boot
Hull Elementary students and staff "give drugs the boot" during spirit week on Western Day.
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Clean Classroom Award
Mrs. LaRue's 6th grade students earned the Clean Classroom trophy for keeping their classroom neat and tidy.
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Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009404 Payne Junior High (2020-2021)
Holiday Decor
Payne Junior High builders club students, under the direction of Rosemary Schlechty, made holiday decor for nursing home residents to brighten their holidays.
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Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009403 Santan Junior High (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Assistance
Santan Junior High student council (STUCO) collected Fry's Gift Cards to help support Chandler Care Center's Thanksgiving distribution. By collecting gift cards, they were able to successfully and safely help families in need. Students brought in gift cards they purchased from Fry's Marketplace and donated them to student council. From there, Santan's STUCO was able to buy from the list of supplies and package a great Thanksgiving dinner for the families who needed it the most. Thanks to Santan's generous students and staff, they were able to raise a total of $1,435! Santan was able to package and donate 122 Thanksgiving meals for the Chandler Care Center.
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