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Divider and spacer Genius Hour ProjectsVisit Jacobson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007242Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson sixth graders worked during fourth quarter on their Genius Hour Projects. The students learned how to sew sling backpacks and worked to fill them with toiletries. These were donated to Hamilton High School to help CUSD students in need. Rajani Rastogi, a social worker for the district, was a guest speaker in one class and invited students to Hamilton High to see how the district manages supplies for underprivileged families. While at Hamilton, Mrs. Wright's class packed 90 supply bags for families, toured the high school and spoke with National Honor Society and Huskies Helping Huskies students, as well as attending a mindfulness session. Photo Album: Genius Hour Projects - May 2019 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Food Bank DonationVisit Santan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007259Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Santan Elementary students in Mary Logan's third grade class donated a total 1,530 pounds of food to Mathews Crossing Food bank in this years drive.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007193Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign run by Student Council brought in over $6,000 for cancer patients! Way to go, Falcons! Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program website 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Relay for Life TeamVisit Riggs Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007174Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) The Riggs Relay for Life team was able to fundraise all year with all their donations going toward the American Cancer Society.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Carlson Relay for LifeVisit Carlson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006975Carlson Elementary - (2018-2019) Carlson Elementary Champions collaborated with the Chandler Police, Fire, and City to kick off the Relay for Life Fundraising. Carlson grade levels are collecting coins to help give the "boot" to Cancer. Mayor Kevin Hartke, Police Chief Sean Duggan and Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins all came out to talk to the kids about giving back. Additionally, Carlson Cancer survivors were honored. The Carlson Kindness Club, in conjunction with PTO and the Chandler Police are coordinating this great effort.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Conley Spruce UpVisit Conley Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006974Conley Elementary - (2018-2019) A mobilize group from Central Christian Church served a number of schools, including Conley Elementary in April. A team of more than 50 volunteers cleaned all the classrooms and campus, spruced up the staff lounge and bathroom, and left inspirational quotes on the whiteboards for students to see on Monday. Thank you, Central Christian Church!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Sixth Grader, John DavisVisit Tarwater Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006863Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) Sixth grader John Davis received the 2019 Youth Echo Award presented by DMB Community Life and Eastmark Subdivision. This award is given to outstanding youth that have dedicated their life to helping others. In addition to receiving a certificate, John received donations (lemon juice, cups and sugar) towards his annual lemonade stand. Profits from the stand will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Thank you, John, for your dedication to helping others in our community!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Water for Wells: A Lesson in AppreciationVisit Jacobson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006867Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Students from Mrs. Gahn's 6th Grade class participated in a "Walk for Wells" event! Each student walked three miles while carrying a gallon of water. After a semester long unit about learning about the impact of water on the lives of all people and the effects that culture and social norms can play in the shaping of one's identity, the students were inspired to create a fundraiser. The students wanted to raise enough money to help provide access to wells and clean water for the people of South Sudan. So far, Gahn's Gorillas have raised over $500!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer World Autism Awareness dayVisit Navarrete Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006939Navarrete Elementary - (2018-2019) Navarrete teachers and students wore royal blue on April 2 to show love and support of World Autism Awareness day.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006757Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Thank you to the Basha High School Early Childhood Education Department! They applied for and were awarded a $500 grant from Lead2Feed for our school! They have also been amazing Art Masterpiece partners for us! Thanks so much, Basha High!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006750Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Lafayette who was "Caught" Being a Leader: He was helping to stop his two friends from pushing each other!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006751Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Anisa who was "Caught" Being a Leader: She gave up recess to do table duty in cafeteria without being asked.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006752Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Damarion who was "Caught" Being a Leader: While playing basketball, Damarion was working to make sure everyone on his team was included.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006753Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Dylan who was "Caught" Being a Leader: Dylan helped a friend to safety.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006754Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Estevan who was "Caught" Being a Leader: Estevan helped two students solve a conflict with Rock, Paper, Scissors.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Bologna Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006756Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Kalionna who was "Caught" Being a Leader!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer I Ran 4 IraVisit Riggs Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006737Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) Riggs Elementary staff recently participated in the "I Ran 4 Ira" event at Seville Country Club. This fun 5K walk/run and pancake breakfast event supports 3rd grade Riggs' student Ira Hamilton. The funds help to pay for Ira's intense 3-4 week therapy camp at the VIP Neurorehabilitation Center in California. The Riggs community is "Ira Strong."

UPDATE: The Ira Run this year raised over $20,000! We were able to raise enough funds for Ira to attend her specialized therapy AND have enough funds to fulfill special grant requests to help other kids as well!
 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Galveston Elementary Kiwanis KidsVisit Galveston Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006624Galveston Elementary - (2018-2019) Galveston Kiwanis Kids met in February to plan and prepare for upcoming community service projects. Pictured are the club officers.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Project LinusVisit Ryan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006627Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) All Ryan Elementary 6th grade classes teamed up and collected over $300 to buy fleece blanket kits. They made 62 blankets to donate to Project Linus. This organization gives new, homemade, blankets to children who are sick or who have experienced trauma. This is our 5th year doing the project. Project Linus website 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Fruit stand for One Dog Arizona RescueVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006377Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Goodman is so proud of the Slyter kids raising $250 from their fruit stand for One Dog Arizona Rescue. One Dog Arizona Rescue 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer We collected 1,000 markers for recycling!Visit Basha Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006345Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Fifth grade teacher Mr. Soto and the Basha Elementary staff is participating in ColorCycle through Crayola. All used and unwanted markers are being collected in each classroom. The program has been a huge success so far with over 1,000 markers in less than a month! Once the markers are collected, they are shipped to Crayola where they get recycled. Any type of marker can be recycled, no matter the brand or type. We have collected highlighters, Expos, Sharpies, fat and skinny markers of all kind. We are throwing away less plastic in our landfills and protecting our environment. Way to go, Basha Bobcats! Crayola ColorCycle: Four Easy Steps to an Eco-Cool School! 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Paying it forwardVisit Riggs Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006275Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) A Riggs Elementary parent anonymously donates 40 gift cards just before winter break every year. Principal Jan Weyenberg places staff members' names into a hat and pulls out a name every day in December. Winners are given two gift cards, one to keep and one to pay forward. Corey Swint was one of the recipients and was recently at ASU on a sixth grade field trip. She decided to pay it forward to an officer covering the game to thank him for his service. He was touched and shocked, to say the least!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Basha Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006169Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Students brought in 100 cents (or more) to celebrate the 100th day of school. Altogether, they raised $104.46. Students voted to donate the money to Arizona Friends for Life, a nearby no-kill animal shelter. The money will be used to purchase needed items for dogs and cats, such as food, leashes and collars. 100 Day Cent was part of our Kindness Quarter here at Basha Elementary.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer CTA Independence National Elementary Honor SocietyVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006238Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society raised more than $3,000 in gift cards toward school supplies, clothing, gas, and groceries for the Hamilton High school homeless.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Principal Hickey taped to a poleVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006133Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2018-2019) Our student government sold Duck tape to raise money for Humphrey's Multicultural Event. Students used the it to tape Principal Hickey to a pole!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Community Service at Carlson ElementaryVisit Carlson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006152Carlson Elementary - (2018-2019) Carlson Elementary fifth graders in Nicole Bruder's class and first graders in Michelle Lester's class collected pajamas for Scholastic's pajama drive. Additionally, the Carlson student council collected toys for the Hartford Sylvia Encinas Toy Drive.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Writing letter to peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, CAVisit Elite Performance Academy WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006071Elite Performance Academy - (2018-2019) Students and staff at CTA Humphrey/Elite Performance Academy wrote letters to their peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, California. They wrote words of encouragement to the students and staff following the devastating Camp Fire which heavily damaged Ponderosa Elementary and completely destroyed Paradise Elementary. Thank you to staff member Aimee Hendrickson for coordinating.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Writing letter to peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, CAVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006070Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2018-2019) Students and staff at CTA Humphrey/Elite Performance Academy wrote letters to their peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, California. They wrote words of encouragement to the students and staff following the devastating Camp Fire which heavily damaged Ponderosa Elementary and completely destroyed Paradise Elementary. Thank you to staff member Aimee Hendrickson for coordinating.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Katlyn Saltzstein's second grade classVisit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006075Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2018-2019) Katlyn Saltzstein's second grade class is participating in random acts of kindness every day this month.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Writing letter to peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, CAVisit Sanborn Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006069Sanborn Elementary - (2018-2019) Students and staff at Sanborn wrote letters to their peers at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary Schools in Paradise, California. They wrote words of encouragement to the students and staff following the devastating Camp Fire which heavily damaged Ponderosa Elementary and completely destroyed Paradise Elementary. Thank you to staff member Aimee Hendrickson for coordinating.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Project Cuddle-UpVisit Santan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006074Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Every December, Santan Elementary fifth grade gives back to the community through Project Cuddle-Up. Fifth grade students donate supplies to create tied fleece blankets to be donated to Paz de Cristo, an interfaith community outreach program. Approximately 100 students, 20 parents, and 4 teachers participated in this year's Project Cuddle-Up on November 30. The 71 blankets that this year's fifth-grade students created will be distributed by Paz de Cristo to individuals in need this winter season.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Toy DriveVisit Basha Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006059Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Basha Elementary held a toy drive to support students at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Thanksgiving baskets for families in needVisit Conley Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006083Conley Elementary - (2018-2019) Conley students joined with the Chandler-Gilbert YMCA to create 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Hygiene drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul in ChandlerVisit Ryan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006042Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) Ryan Elementary students and staff sponsored a hygiene drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Chandler.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Care packages to troops stationed in AfghanistanVisit Ryan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006043Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) Ryan Elementary students and staff donated enough items to send 16 care packages to troops stationed in Afghanistan. Photo of: Ryan 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Golisch and the 16 care packages filled with items donated by Ryan students and staff. Mrs. Golisch's husband is currently stationed in Afghanistan.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer 42 turkeys donated to St. Vincent de PaulVisit Ryan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006044Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) Ryan Elementary 6th grade students raised enough money to buy 42 turkeys to donate to St. Vincent de Paul.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Weinberg's Girl Scout Troop 1248Visit Weinberg Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006053Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Weinberg's Girl Scout Troop 1248 volunteered at the Chandler CARE center where 400 families were served Thanksgiving meals. We're so proud of our Wranglers!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation DayVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006000Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) Students and staff all wore blue on National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Day and donated a dollar to go towards finding a cure.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Basha Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005880Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Campbell's 3rd grade class made cards and sent Treats for Troops to the unit of one of the student's dads. They made great cards for all 33 of the soldiers and sent the package to arrive for Veterans Day. Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops website 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Sun Lakes Rotary donating dictionaries to 3rd grade classVisit Basha Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005881Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Thank you, Sun Lakes Rotary, for gifting Basha Elementary 3rd graders with dictionaries at our October assembly.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer CEF Woo Hoo PatrolVisit Carlson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005891Carlson Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Lynch's and Ms. Denardis' kindergarten classes received a visit from the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) Woo Hoo Patrol awarding them over $700.00 to purchase science station/kit supplies. Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Lifesaver Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyVisit Fulton Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005957Fulton Elementary - (2018-2019) Fulton Elementary School received the Lifesaver Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for supporting 10 families through our fundraising efforts. Fulton also received a Top Fundraising School Award, taking 4th place out of 568 other schools in the state! Way to go, Fulton students and families! Our efforts make a difference!  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Student CouncilVisit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005787Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) Student Council raised money for WOW Dog Rescue through a dress down day. Pictured left to right: Megan Jardine, Layton Bluth, Roman Sanders, Hans Chapman, MiaLani Ocampo, Garrett Nielsen, Luke Rea and Jessica Gilbert -- CTA Freedom Student Council officers.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Emelia Block, 6th grade teacherVisit Tarwater Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005814Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) Not only is Ms. Block a sensational sixth grade teacher at Tarwater, she is also a member of the Young Professionals Council. YPC is a governing and working council that helps to facilitate opportunities for young professionals to network and develop leadership skills. Ms Block also works closely with the Cancer Support Community of Arizona. Thank you, Emelia, for caring about our community! You are an outstanding Tarwater Toro.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Mrs. Pingel's kindergarten classVisit Weinberg Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005815Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Mathew enjoyed a picnic lunch with Ms. Pingel's kindergarten class. The class earned this by raising money for the annual Fun Run fundraiser. There are many more classes that will be eating with Mrs. Mathew, and she is so looking forward to the very interesting conversations with the students. Weinberg staff is very thankful for the community's help in raising funds for our school.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Basha Football Players reading to KindergartnersVisit Patterson Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005841Patterson Elementary - (2018-2019) Basha High football players recently read to kindergartners at Patterson Elementary's "Kinder Bear Cub" reading day.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Jump Rope for Heart Campaign RecognitionVisit Ryan Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005842Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) At the Board meeting on Wednesday, September 12th, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Chandler Unified as the number one district in Arizona and the eighth in the Western States for the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Additionally, top teachers were recognized: Jennifer Traficano (Tarwater), David Angell (Ryan) and Grace Alvarado (CTA Goodman) on 30 years of service to AHA. They also presented a CPR kit for a high school.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Jump Rope for Heart Campaign RecognitionVisit Tarwater Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005842Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) At the Board meeting on Wednesday, September 12th, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Chandler Unified as the number one district in Arizona and the eighth in the Western States for the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Additionally, top teachers were recognized: Jennifer Traficano (Tarwater), David Angell (Ryan) and Grace Alvarado (CTA Goodman) on 30 years of service to AHA. They also presented a CPR kit for a high school.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Mr.Morales Ruan's fifth gradersVisit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005730Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2018-2019) Mr.Morales Ruan's fifth graders help our school by taking care of the United States flag every day.  
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Arizona League of Enforcement OfficersVisit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005733Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2018-2019) Arizona League of Enforcement Officers (AzLEOs) donated school supplies and backpacks to our school. Thank you, AzLEOs!  
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