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Visit Navarrete Elementary Website Navarrete Elementary (2019-2020) Report a Problem with Item A008121
SMILE Cards
Each year, the third graders at Navarrete send SMILE cards throughout the Chandler community. They decorate, self-address, and initiate a chain of anonymous kindness gestures for someone who may need a SMILE. The student is to leave the blank SMILE card with the act of kindness. When a person receives a smile card with an act of kindness, they are to pay it forward. The third person then puts the card in the mail to return to our school. Today, our third grade classes got their first SMILE card back! It came with a beautifully typed letter and an envelope filled with FROST gift cards good for gelato for all 21 students in Mrs. Buist's Bunch! With this act of kindness, the class held a community builder at Frost where they all enjoyed their gelato together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Academics are important, but so are THESE lessons. Third grade cannot wait for more cards to come back! Kindness Cards Photo Album
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Seville Charity Classic
Thank you to Seville Country Club for sponsoring a Riggs foursome at the Seville Charity Classic in January. One of the charities, "Inspire and Achieve," has benefited several of our Riggs students. Inspire & Achieve website
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Patterson Pride students brought in $708 for the Jingle Jog. After combining that with the cash that was given, we earned a total of $765 for our Pennies for Patients drive! Way to go, Pride! Pennies for Patients, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website
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Giving Tree Toy Drive
Each year the Tarwater community gets together to help make the holidays a little brighter for others in the community who may not be so fortunate by conducting our Giving Tree Toy Drive. All toys collected for babies to preteens are donated to the Chandler Care Center. We celebrate the Toy Drive with an assembly that also features the amazing Tarwater Chorus Club singing wonderful holiday music!
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The Kindness Project
The 5th and 6th grade CATS students at Hull Elementary took part in the Kindness Project, making blankets which were donated to D2 Homes for the Homeless, a homeless shelter.
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Clarendale Assisted Living
Santan Elementary Student Council (STUCO) spread holiday cheer at Clarendale Assisted Living in Chandler. They spent time caroling for the residents and chatting with them during their dinner time. The STUCO students had a blast and based on the smiles and cheers from the residents, we think they loved it too!
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Toy Drive
Santan Elementary Student Council participated in the Chandler CARE Center's Toy Drive in December. Toy Drive Photo Album
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Project Cuddle Up
Every December, fifth grade students give back to the community through a project called Project Cuddle-Up. Students donate supplies to create tied fleece blankets to be donated to Paz de Cristo Community Center, an interfaith community outreach program. This years' 5th graders created 91 blankets that will be distributed by Paz de Cristo to individuals in need this winter season. This project means a lot to the students and their teachers because of the warmth that the blankets will provide and love that the blankets represent to those in need. Project Cuddle Up Photo Album
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Surprise from Crafco
Crafco, as a part of United Way, surprised second grade teacher Emilirose Robinson with class supplies and a backpack filled with school supplied for each student. The supplies for the classroom included a color printer, laminator, and several books for her class library.
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Turkey Donation
Ryan 6th grade classes raised funds to purchase 66 turkeys to donate to St. Vincent de Paul. Turkey Collection and Donation Photo Album
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Book Donation
Ryan Elementary students and staff donated over 800 books to the Chandler Care Center.
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Feed My Starving Children
Santan staff and their families participated in a social activity at Feed My Starving Children - Mesa. Together, they were able to pack 208 boxes of food for children in need!
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Snowmen
Governing Board member Karen McGee has a talent for crafting. She recently made 14 snowmen and donated them to preschoolers at San Marcos Elementary. The children LOVE them -- and the snowmen are enjoying their new home, too!
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Feed My Starving Children
6th grade Patterson students packed 157 boxes (equivalent to 33,912 meals) at Feed My Starving Children.
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Chandler CARE Center Donations
Our Knox Gifted Academy community came together and was able to collect and donate 1,550 items to Chandler CARE Center to help families celebrate Thanksgiving and beyond. Since the goal was reached, every student will get a lollipop! Thank you to everyone who donated.
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AED
Thank you to Brayden's Buddies who donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our school.
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Turkey Trot
The CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) and student council sponsored our 2nd annual Turkey Trot. Frozen turkeys were donated to the Chandler Care Center during this event. Students, their families, and many staff members came out and walked a mile on a beautiful Saturday morning for a special cause!
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Desert Cove Nursing Home
Conley Elementary students in Ronald Squillace's class visited Desert Cove Nursing Home. The students read stories and did a craft with patients. It was a great opportunity for students to do something positive.
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Turkeys for Chandler Care Center
The Basha Elementary student council collected over 125 turkeys for the Chandler Care Center.
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Northrup Grumman Community Give Back Day
Northrop Grumman visited our school on their Community Give Back Day, October 30, volunteering their time to beautify our school! THANK YOU, Northrop Grumman!
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Dictionaries for 3rd Graders
Thank you to the Chandler Rotary Club for providing dictionaries for all of our 3rd graders!
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Veterans Day Posters
Weinberg first graders in Shannon Van De Beuken's class made posters to thank and honor our veterans on Veterans Day!
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Free Little Library
Galveston was lucky enough to receive a little free library from Southwest Human Development / Robson Communities, available to students, parents and staff. Take a book. Leave a book! We are so excited!
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Writing to the Troops
Our students worked with the American Legion to write letters to the troops. The letters will be mailed to bring cheer to the troops during the holidays.
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Monthly Books
Many classrooms were adopted by donors to receive a new book monthly from Scholastic. Thank you to our donors!
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Dictionaries from Sun Lake Rotary
Hancock Elementary third graders were excited to receive a generous gift from Sun Lakes Rotary -- their own personal dictionary. Sun Lakes Rotary Club's Dictionary Project website
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Volunteers
THANK YOU to volunteers from Compass Church who planted gardens, cleaned laptops, and tidied up around Ryan Elementary.
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Field Trip
San Marcos first graders in Joan Scharich's class took a field trip to visit the Soltera Senior Living Community. Students enjoyed reading books and sharing stories with their new friends at Soltera.
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Kids Heart Challenge
Santan Elementary students raised $7,846 for the American Heart Association during their Kids Heart Challenge this year! Way to go, Stormers! Because they met their goal (in fact, they almost tripled it), Santan Elementary students got to watch Principal Amy O'Neal, Dean Bryon Houy, Counselor Vanessa Pepoon and PE teacher Kelly Saadi crack eggs on their heads... some of which were hard boiled, and some which were not!
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CTA Goodman student Jax Burton celebrated his birthday by asking people to give donations to the San Antonio Amputee Foundation. Raising more than $1,400, Jax will make at least two people regain their mobility and walk again. His first recipient received her leg in October, and both she and Jax were featured on the local San Antonio TV news.
Spectrum News: 8-Year-Old Skips Birthday Gifts, Raises Funds for Prosthetics for San Antonio Amputees
News 4 San Antonio video: 8-year old Arizona boy makes a donation to help San Antonio amputees
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Our second grade made and sold crafts, raising $1,138.00 to donate to the Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue group.
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Feed My Starving Children project
Weinberg student council had a service learning project at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC collects donations to fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!
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Feed My Starving Children project
San Marcos fifth grade students in Gary Johnson, Jennifer Holden, and Ashly Raymond's classes visited Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to help pack nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. In partnership with the San Marcos student council, they were able to raise $500 to donate to FMSC while also gaining hands-on experience.
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AED
Patterson received a grant from Brayden's Buddy to get an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Thank you! Brayden's Buddy website
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Tomasa Cisneros
THANK YOU to Tomasa Cisneros, our lead custodian, for taking the time to beautify our campus with new plants!
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Step up Stop Cancer Challenge
Ryan Elementary students and staff raised $643.00 for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Step up, Stop Cancer Challenge!
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Canine Companions for Independence
Principal Diane Wells and technology teacher Monikkah Heredia attended and presented a check to Canine Companions for Independence at their annual golf tournament in September.
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Extra Yard for the Teacher
Santan Elementary was recognized Saturday night at the Arizona State Sun Devils Football game by the College Football Playoff Foundation, Pac-12 Conference and Sun Devil Athletics with a grant from the Extra Yard for Teachers program!
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Rock Garden Preparation
Thank you to teachers Daphne Medina and Vanessa LaRue who gave up their time on a Saturday to seal our kindness rocks in preparation for Patterson's first rock garden.
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Kohen Johnson
Sixth grader Kohen Johnson uses his personal savings at the Book Fair to donate a book to the Basha Elementary School Library! Kohen understands the importance of reading, and hopes Bobcats enjoy the book he selected, Who Is Michael Jordan?
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Patriot Day Service
Hartford students all contributed to a poster to honor Patriot's Day. The Huskies were encouraged to find a service project that they can do for others.
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Pancakes and Pavers
Valley Christian High School held a Pancakes and Pavers event, donating classroom supplies to our teachers while also feeding our 4th-6th graders breakfast!
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Snack Packs
THANK YOU to the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) and General Motors who delivered 1,000 snack packs for our students put together by volunteers.
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PAW Patrol
Basha fifth grade students on the PAW Patrol practice leadership skills and show their PRIDE in the PACK by volunteering their recess time to help kindergarten students log into the computer.
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Kindness Club
Our Kindness Club members served at Feed My Starving Children and packed enough food to feed 83 children for a year!
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KGA students Sanchit and Vedant Dhingra made an inspiring video to encourage donations to the Chandler Education Foundation Cash for Classrooms campaign on their own at home. We are so impressed with their collaboration and creativity while creating something to help others and pay it forward.

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Elks Club Donated Dictionaries
THANK YOU to the Chandler Elks Lodge who donated Spanish/English dictionaries to all our Galveston third grade students!
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Kindergarten Donors
THANK YOU to our kind donors who adopted Mrs. Vierthaler's kindergartners! The donors committed to purchasing a new book for each student throughout the school year.
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Fundraiser for Student Council
The Frye Elementary staff worked at McDonald's as a fundraiser for Frye Student Council and raised over $600!
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Braxton with Mr. Smith
Braxton of Boy Scout Troop 582 donated his time and installed 25 American Flags to fly on special days at CTA Liberty.
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