Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Chandler High - (2019-2020) 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
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) 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.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to Brayden's Buddies who donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our school.
Andersen Junior High - (2019-2020) Andersen Junior High students in Amy Whiteley's class visited the "Future Jags" at Andersen Elementary to share their love of reading.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students made 3,660 "sweet rolls" and delivered them to various veterans organizations around the valley.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) 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.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) 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.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2019-2020) 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!
Conley Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Payne Junior High seventh graders Hannah Johnson, Alyssa Kuraoka, Sahasra Malepati, and Sabra Sanders made 425 friendship bracelets and took them to Phoenix Children's Hospital over Veterans Day weekend to let the patients there know they had friends thinking of them, even if they've never met.
Andersen Elementary - (2019-2020) Northrop Grumman visited our school on their Community Give Back Day, October 30, volunteering their time to beautify our school! THANK YOU, Northrop Grumman!
Andersen Junior High - (2019-2020) Students in Carolyn Cofoid's class at Andersen Junior High took time to appreciate bus drivers and their Miles of sMiles!
Basha High - (2019-2020) 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
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High School students got CTA Freedom's fourth graders excited about science with their Science is Fun presentation.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) 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.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to the Chandler Rotary Club for providing dictionaries for all of our 3rd graders!
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Weinberg first graders in Shannon Van De Beuken's class made posters to thank and honor our veterans on Veterans Day!
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Chandler Unified partnered with Compass Church for a "Love Our Schools Event." They volunteered at six of school sites doing cleaning, painting, and gardening.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Many classrooms were adopted by donors to receive a new book monthly from Scholastic. Thank you to our donors!
Willis Junior High - (2019-2020) Redemption Church in Gilbert donated several boxes of materials to the Willis Junior High community resource room, including more than $2,000 in giftcards (to purchase things like jackets, shoes, towels, etc.), and a check for $1,000. THANK YOU, Redemption Church!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Forty Chandler High Air Force JROTC volunteered to assist with the City of Chandler's annual Halloween Spooktacular in downtown Chander.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) 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
Casteel High - (2019-2020) 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
Chandler High - (2019-2020) 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.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) 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
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to volunteers from Compass Church who planted gardens, cleaned laptops, and tidied up around Ryan Elementary.
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus - (2019-2020) 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. News 4 San Antonio video: 8-year old Arizona boy makes a donation to help San Antonio amputees
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Our second grade made and sold crafts, raising $1,138.00 to donate to the Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue group.
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Patterson received a grant from Brayden's Buddy to get an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Thank you! Brayden's Buddy website
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to Tomasa Cisneros, our lead custodian, for taking the time to beautify our campus with new plants!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) STUCO (Student Council), under the leadership of Santan 8th grader Jacob Byars and STUCO sponsor Mrs. Gustafson, put on our inaugural Volunteer Fair on September 23 -- National Volunteer Day. Twenty-five vendors showed up to showcase their programs and recruit teen volunteers from Santan Junior High and other junior highs/high schools within CUSD. More than 200 students showed up to inquire about volunteering!
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Ryan Elementary students and staff raised $643.00 for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Step up, Stop Cancer Challenge!
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Bogle Junior High students and staff collected over 1,300 toiletry items to donate to the Chandler Care Center.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) 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?
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.
Perry High - (2019-2020) 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.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Valley Christian High School held a Pancakes and Pavers event, donating classroom supplies to our teachers while also feeding our 4th-6th graders breakfast!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Our incredible Santan Junior High Booster's donated a brand new COW (computer "Cart On Wheels") to our school. The COW includes charging cart and 30 laptops for student use. These funds were collected by generous donations from our parents in 2018-19, and our incredible Boosters will continue the vision this year for another COW to serve our students!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Through hard work and perseverance, Santan Junior High brought in more than $19,000 from a school fundraiser recently. Forty percent of those proceeds will go to students and activities for lunch time connections for all students. Lunches will include games such as massive CONNECT FOUR games, music at all lunches and support to our SJHS Lunch Bunch, where no student will ever sit alone.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) 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.