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Hamilton's Social Work team hosted their annual holiday party for homeless/underprivileged students and families. Approximately 230 people attended. In addition to a visit by Santa, the party featured family portraits, a raffle, a choir performance and presentation of Adopt-A-Family gifts. As always, the Chandler community comes together to help those in need. Thanks to everyone who worked together to make this event possible, making Christmas special for all of the children in attendance: Isagenix for sponsoring 15 families again this year; Huskies Helping Huskies club, the girls softball team, and Sun Lakes volunteers who decorated the cafeteria; an anonymous donor who surprised one Hamilton student with a $500 gift card; and CTA Independence Junior National Honor Society 6th graders who raised over $4,151 in gift card donations. Thanks also to CTA Independence counselor Michele Dussault and the CTA Independence school staff. Big hearts come in all sizes!
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Wreaths Across America
Chandler High AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) cadets took part in the nationwide Wreaths Across America event at the Valley of the Sun Cemetery in Chandler. Cadets laid wreaths on veterans' graves and presented colors in a ceremony that had Mayor Hartke speaking, as well as a 98-year-old Pearl Harbor and WW2 survivor.
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Soccer Community Service
The Chandler High School boys varsity soccer team visited Desert Cove Nursing Center to play board games and talk with the residents. The Wolves made great memories for the residents and themselves.
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AVID Community Service
Through the combined efforts of Chandler, Basha, and Hamilton AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs, students collected over 70 pairs of pajamas and various gifts for children in foster care. Great work, AVID!
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Angel Tree
Chandler students, staff, and community members adopted CHS "angels" who could use some holiday magic. This year's community participation was incredible and so appreciated (one day's donations pictured). Thanks to everyone who was a part of this wonderful National Honor Society tradition!
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Caroling in the Library Event
Perry High Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Early Childhood Club members volunteered at the Maricopa County Library with their annual Caroling in the Library event. Students helped with games and activities for the children during the event. Caroling in the Library Event Photo Album
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Canned Food Drive
Several Chandler High students helped distribute food and other items to 350 Chandler families for the Chandler Care Center. Chandler CARE Center Donations Photo Album
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Turkey Donation
Modazz and the Chandler High Dance Department donated $750.00 in turkeys to the Chandler CARE Center for the holidays. The students and their dance teacher, Mrs. Kathie Buren, have been donating to the CARE center for nearly 30 years and have donated close to $13,000 in turkeys since 1991! Way to go!
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Assembling Thanksgiving meals
The Hamilton social work team and students assembled 120 Thanksgiving meals at the Sun Lakes Methodist Church on November 25 and distributed to Hamilton underprivileged families and other CUSD families through the FIT program. Additionally, Safeway donated 40 Thanksgiving meals for Hamilton High School families in need -- as it has for the past four years. A big shout out and THANK YOU to Sun Lakes Methodist Church and the Safeway on Chandler Heights and Alma School Road for their compassion and generosity! Assembling Thanksgiving Meals - Photo Album
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Sweet Rolls
Casteel High students made 3,660 "sweet rolls" and delivered them to various veterans organizations around the valley.
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Walk with a Doc
Fifteen Casteel High student volunteers assisted the Sun Lakes Rotary Club with their Walk with a Doc initiative. While members of the Sun Lakes Community walk at their own pace, they have the opportunity to choose from one of three walks with varying lengths on flat ground and to have questions answered by local physicians. Students assisted with registrations and participated in walking with Sun Lakes Residents and engaging in conversation along with encouragement. In addition, the Hamilton and Casteel Interact clubs assisted with the annual Sun Lakes Rotary Breakfast, which helps raise funds for the Sun Lakes Rotary club and all of their initiatives.
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Clothes Cabin
Chandler High School National Honor Society collected clothes for the Clothes Cabin, a Gilbert nonprofit that provides clothing and household linens to people in need.
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Honor Flight Arizona
For the sixth year in a row, Basha High School cadets, under the direction of Colonel Clifford Stansell, raised money for Honor Flight Arizona, a program that sends WWII/Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. free of charge. Cadets simply brought in loose change (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters) and did this internally without asking for donations from any of the other classes in the school. This year they raised $1,725 and is by far largest donation ever! Honor Flight Arizona website
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Science is Fun
Basha High School students got CTA Freedom's fourth graders excited about science with their Science is Fun presentation.
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Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life
Counselor Rachel O'Brien and students from Casteel High School attended a Chandler City Council meeting Nov. 4 in association with a proclamation for Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life. Casteel students seek to bring awareness and spread the message that there is always someone who cares and who want to help students feel as if they have a safe place to go if they need help.
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AFJROTC Volunteers
Forty Chandler High Air Force JROTC volunteered to assist with the City of Chandler's annual Halloween Spooktacular in downtown Chander.
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Dig Pink
The ACP Erie volleyball team recently held its sixth annual Dig Pink event and raised more than $7,500 for the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer research. Side-Out Foundation website
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Feed My Starving Children
Casteel High early childhood education classes volunteered at Feed My Starving Children during October, packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Feed My Starving Children website
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Haunted House
Chandler High Theatre and Student Council hosted its 5th annual haunted house on Saturday, and this year the theme was Twisted. The CHS Haunted House has built quite a spooky reputation, and over 1,000 chill seekers went through. The event is also a service project for Matthew's Crossing Food Bank.
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Never Forget Project
The Perry High Teenage Republican Club (TARs) organized the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial on campus. They planted over 1,000 flags to commemorate the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor the American victims, first responders and families affected.
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THANK YOU to the Perry Special Education Department. They do a great job of recycling, doing laundry, and keeping track of our garden outside by the pool.
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Chandler FFA
Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) visited Knox Elementary School to teach Pre-Kindergartens about the letters C and D. Students were able to hold chicks, play chicken poop bingo, create a chicken while learning shapes, and read a book about cows.
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Mr. Sam Alexander
Mr. Sam Alexander, Chandler High Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, is inspiring students and staff school-wide with signs of encouragement, kindness and caring. He welcomes his students with a sign each day as they enter his classroom, and he walks the halls inspiring others. One student shared that he walks his friend to class just to see the "sign guy."
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Make Someone Smile Day
Chandler High FFA (Future Farmers of America) students created 50 floral arrangements for "Make Someone Smile Day" during the first week of school. The arrangements were delivered to retirement homes.
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Spirit of Giving Project
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) sophomores completed a Spirit of Giving Project, a community service project designed to give students the opportunity to give back to their community. Students researched an organization where they could complete at least five hours of service. The project culminated in a reflection essay and poster that highlighted their experience.
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Eagle Scout Project
Perry High junior Austin Woodman coordinated an Eagle Scout project with Troup 886 to refill the emergency buckets at CTA Freedom. Forty-five buckets were replenished with fresh supplies in case of emergency.
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Courage Retreat
Chandler Wolves and Hamilton Huskies students worked together with CTA/EPA Humphrey sixth graders in a "Courage Retreat." Students learned to follow their hearts and not the crowd.
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Courage Retreat
Chandler Wolves and Hamilton Huskies students worked together with CTA/EPA Humphrey sixth graders in a "Courage Retreat." Students learned to follow their hearts and not the crowd.
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Spring Training Day
Newly selected Link Leaders had their "Spring Training" day to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. They participated in leadership discussions, played team-building games and started making plans to make next year's Freshman Orientation Day AMAZING!
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Basha High Early Childhood Education team
In March 2019, 38 middle and high school teams from across the nation were selected as winners of the seventh annual Lead2Feed Challenge earning grants for their team's nonprofit of choice. Through the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, students develop 21st century leadership skills and project based learning standards. Basha High Early Childhood Education students developed and implemented a service learning project to bring art lessons to over 400 students at Bologna Elementary every quarter during the 2018-2019 school year. The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program awarded a $500 charitable grant based on the outstanding work of the Basha High students. Last week Basha High teacher Mrs. Alexander and her students presented the check to the principal, Dr. Padilla, and students at Bologna Elementary.
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Lead2Feed Challenge
Chandler High FCCLA-ECE (Early Childhood Education) had two teams win $500 grants as part of the seventh annual Lead2Feed Challenge. The Chandler Crusaders (Early Childhood Ed classes) won $500 for the Chandler CARE Center. The Chandler Education Bandits (Paloma Ramirez, Victoria Seeman, and Lisette Meza) won $500 for Yuda Bands. CTE Programs
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CHS AVID students
Chandler High AVID students worked with Frye Elementary students in February and urged 4th graders to take action to be kind on their campus as part of the Youth Frontiers program.
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Chandler IB Diploma candidates and AP Spanish students
Twenty Chandler IB Diploma candidates and AP Spanish students served the children of our community and made great connections at the Knox Gifted Academy 5th grade Kindness Retreat.
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CHS's Link Crew
Chandler High's Link Crew helped Ryan Elementary students learn leadership skills last week through Youth Frontiers.
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One-in-four benefit gala
Hamilton High's one-in-four benefit gala on February 8 had approximately 120 attendees from Hamilton, local businesses and the Chandler community. The gala was held at a private residence and raised funds for the Hamilton High homeless fund, which exists to provide students and their families with financial and crisis support intervention and resources.
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Chandler High FFA students
Chandler High FFA (Future Farmers of America) students hosted Knox Gifted Academy's 3rd graders at the Ag facility and taught hydroponics, aquaponics, anatomy of chickens, capillary action in carnations, and more.
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Perry High SkillsUSA Club
Perry High SkillsUSA students and other volunteers packed 153 boxes of meals at Feed My Starving Children recently. This will feed 91 children for one year!
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Hamilton's Social Work Team and Holiday Events
Hamilton High's social work team worked countless hours to assist students and families in need over the holiday season. They distributed 110 Thanksgiving meals to families at Hamilton and CUSD Title I schools. They also distributed approximately 110 adopt-a-family gifts to underprivileged families and held an amazing holiday event that included dinner, a visit from Santa, a raffle, family portraits and gifts for families. More than 1,800 students have visited the supply room since beginning of the year for food and other basic needs. The social work team has assisted Hamilton and other CUSD families on a regular basis with food, clothing, toiletries, gift cards and/or rent/utility assistance.
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Wreaths Across America
The Chandler High Air Force JROTC Cadets participated in Wreaths Across America, a tribute to America's veterans, by laying wreaths and presenting the colors.
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CHS's National Honor Society
Chandler High's National Honor Society collected and wrapped Angel Tree gifts for 15 Chandler High families.
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Clothing Drive
Elijah Schulz, Collin Nesbit and the Interact Club collected over 1,700 articles of clothing for Chandler's Clothes Cabin.
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CHS Basketball and Softball Teams
Chandler High basketball and softball teams helped to make the holidays brighter for many families by volunteering at the Chandler CARE Center and Ronald McDonald House.
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Sweet Treats for Veterans
Students from Casteel High School donated 2,560 Sweet Treats for Veterans in November. Deliveries were made to more than 11 organizations.
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Letters to the Military
Casteel students wrote 1,825 letters to deployed U.S. military members who are unable to make it home for the holidays.
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Volunteering at St. Mary's Food Bank
The Hill Learning Academy student council volunteered at the St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix.
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Basha High Air Force Junior ROTC Honor Flight Arizona Fundraising
Basha High Air Force Junior ROTC raised $900 for Honor Flight Arizona. In just 30 days, they raised money utilizing a "mining for silver" campaign where cadets donated nickels, dimes and quarters to accumulate the amount needed to send an Arizona World War II or Korean War veteran to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. This program enables these individuals to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. at NO cost to the veteran. Honor Flight Arizona website
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Pit Bull Awareness Senior Project
Senior Carson Abercrombie has a passion for the Pit Bull breed. He is trying to make the public aware that they should give them a chance as they truly can be a lovable member of the family. This was his senior project, held on our campus.
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Chandler Care Center's Thanksgiving Family Assistance Day
The Chandler High community donated goods for the Chandler Care Center's Thanksgiving Family Assistance Day. Student Council delivered a small bus and two trucks full of donations to the Care Center on Thursday, November 15. On Friday, StuCo showed up at the Care Center with 51 turkeys. CHS's Wrestlers also helped distribute donations at Saturday's event. Chandler High School is proud to be part of such a caring community!
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The CHS Dance Department
The Chandler High School Dance department donated $500.00 worth of turkeys to the Chandler CARE Center.
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Lead2Feed Certified School
Chandler High has been named a Lead2Feed Certified School. Thirty-six schools in the U.S. received this honor in September for their goal-oriented community service and leadership. This award would not be possible without the hard work of Chandler High's FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).
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