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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009119 Riggs Elementary (2020-2021)
Erika Gagnon
Riggs third grade teacher Erika Gagnon raised $400 for the Chandler Care Center by sewing adorable Roadie-patterned face coverings for staff.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009104 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Lady Wolves
The Lady Wolves Basketball Team's Unity group made a difference in the community by helping out at Operation Back to School. Lady Wolves Basketball United's mission is to make an impact and inspire others to take action in their communities. "Despite our race, religion, and any other differences, we are one team. We are one family. We are one community. This is more than basketball. This is unity." The LWBU is also sponsoring a food drive for the Chandler Care Center.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009084 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Ariana Enriquez
Ariana Enriquez, 2012 Chandler High graduate and current ASU Art History graduate student, is beautifying downtown Chandler with a 225 feet Chandler-inspired mural. When the City of Chandler put out a call for art, Ariana was one of 14 artists who applied. Ariana is so proud to have won the opportunity to have her mural adorn downtown Chandler and represent her beautiful home, and CHS is proud of her legacy. Facebook post with video
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009083 Chandler High (2019-2020)

Kyle Swartz, 2012 Chandler High International Baccalaureate graduate, is making a difference through Hearts for the Homeless, an international nonprofit. Denton Record-Chronicle: Pandemic brings new challenges for group dedicated to helping homeless
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009174 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Read Across America Week
Students from Chandler High came to read to our Hartford Huskies to celebrate Read Across America Week!
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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009219 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)
Fun Run
Ryan students and staff earned over $30,000 for the school with their Fun Run! 5th and 6th grade students had color bombing, and some of the staff got in on the fun. Fun Run Photo Album
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009214 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
I Ran 4 Ira
I Ran 4 Ira is a family-friendly 5k fun run to help area youth get specialized therapy they need to succeed and improve their quality of life.  I Ran 4 Ira website |  I Ran 4 Ira Photo Album
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009160 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Student Leader Volunteers
Chandler High student leaders volunteered at Ryan, Frye, and Humphrey Elementary Schools to help facilitate their Youth Frontiers Courage and Kindness retreats. CHS students interacted with 4th and 6th graders and led small group discussions about being kind and being courageous to stop bullying in their schools.
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Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008402 Santan Junior High (2019-2020)
CARE Center Cereal Collection
Santan Junior High Advancement Via Individual Determination students (AVID), collected hundreds of boxes of cereal to benefit the Chandler CARE Center. Shout out to teacher Wendy Umbrianna for organizing the effort. It was a wonderful act of love!
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008347 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Chandler Wolves
The Chandler Wolves volunteered at Phoenix Fan Fest for Waymo on Saturday, February 15 and worked with Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008348 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2019-2020)
Human Chili Bowl
Thanks to Humphrey families for helping us raise money for our PTO. The grand prize was making a bowl of chili out of Principal Luke Hickey! Mr. Hickey became a human chili bowl! Principal Luke Hickey, Human Bowl of Chili Photo Album
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Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008358 Payne Junior High (2019-2020)
Kamaria Robinson, Sydney Lahr and Aaliyah Jones
From a message to our Facebook page: "I wanted to recognize three members of your girls' basketball team. I was at a restaurant (Barros) with my 3 year old special needs son, and three lovely young women from your team, still in uniform, saw him. He admires all things sports-related, and was in awe. They spent their evening playing with him, and even gave him a small basketball and showed him how to toss it back and forth. They represent the very best in our young people and made his night. You should be rightly proud of your wonderful students."
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008374 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2019-2020)
Kindness Club
The CTA Freedom Kindness Club is participating in the pop tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House. Their first collection was 15 pounds of pop tabs!
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008331 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)

CUSD staff raised more than $85,000 for the Valley of the Sun United Way last fall through contributions and payroll deductions pledges. Additionally, Valley of the Sun United Way pledges from CUSD employees to the Chandler CARE Center was a total of $34,253, a 47% increase from last year.
  • ACP Oakland raised the most per capita among schools, contributing an average of $116.58 per employee. Thank you is in order to Tami Kaiser for coordinating the ACP Oakland campaign.
  • The Chandler CARE Center was the support site winner raising an average of $66.67 per person. Congratulations to Katie Kahle, who spearheaded those efforts.
  • Also notable, Payne Junior High raised on average $63.38 per capita, the District Office and the IRC tied raising an average of $53.61 per person. Thank you to Jackie Tambone (Payne), Terry Locke (District) and Crystal Towery (IRC) for coordinating those campaigns.

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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008143 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Valentines for Brookdale Senior Living
The Hartford Sylvia Encinas Kiwanis Kids Club made valentines for the residents at Brookdale Senior Living. Valentines for Brookdale Senior Living Photo Album
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A008320 Basha High (2019-2020)
Lions International Day of Service
Basha High Leo Club members partnered with the Sunbird Lions Club to host a food drive for Lions International Day of Service. The Lions and Leos collected three carts full of food and cash donations for over 20 gift cards to Albertsons.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008205 Chandler High (2019-2020)
FFA at CTA Goodman
The Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) - Agriscience class taught 3rd graders at CTA Goodman Elementary about soil layers, chicken anatomy, and bee pollination. FFA members worked with the elementary students on vegetable production and helped plant their spring garden.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008204 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2019-2020)
Kindness Lunch Bunch
The CTA Humphrey Kindness Lunch Bunch promote kindness around our school!
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008195 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
Boosterthon FunRun
The Riggs school fundraiser Pre K -6 Boosterthon FunRun Raised over $30,000 in just over a week! Boosterthon FunRun Photo Album
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008213 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
Food Drive
The Basha Elementary Student Council sponsored a food drive leading up to the Super Bowl featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Basha student body was encouraged to donate canned food to assist the Chandler Care Center, while choosing a team to support in the Super Bowl. The contest collected over 200 cans of food with Kansas City being selected as the winner! Food Drive Photo Album
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Visit Navarrete Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008121 Navarrete Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008125 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008123 Patterson Elementary (2019-2020)

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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Visit Fulton Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008155 Fulton Elementary (2019-2020)
Kindness
Fulton Elementary students showered bus driver "Mr. Dan" with gifts prior to break.
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Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008088 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008104 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A008056 Hamilton High (2019-2020)

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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008003 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008004 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008005 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008006 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008016 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009133 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2019-2020)

CTA Independence Junior National Honor Society 6th graders raised over $4,151 in gift card donations for Hamilton High's holiday party benefiting homeless/underprivileged students and families. Thanks also to CTA Independence counselor Michele Dussault and the CTA Independence school staff. Big hearts come in all sizes!
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008156 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
Spreading Cheer
Santan Elementary student council spread holiday cheer at Clarendale Assisted Living in Chandler. They spent time caroling for the residents and chatting with them during their dinnertime. The STUCO students had a blast, and based on the smiles and cheers from the residents, they loved it too!
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A007945 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
Chandler CARE Center Volunteers
Thanks to the work of more than 130 volunteers, the Chandler CARE Center in collaboration with the Chandler Fire Department provided toys for 1,000 kids ages birth through 18 on Saturday morning, December 14. Santa was there and Toyota Financial services was on hand to help kids decorate cookies. Thank you to the many schools, sites, and clubs from within the district that provided support to the CARE Center. Without that support and assistance, this day would not have been possible!
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008014 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A007975 Perry High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Frye Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007946 Frye Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007982 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007983 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)
Book Donation
Ryan Elementary students and staff donated over 800 books to the Chandler Care Center.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007993 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit San Marcos Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007989 San Marcos Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007970 Patterson Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007899 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007900 Chandler High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A007941 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
CUSD Staff at ICAN
Chandler Unified employees from several schools and departments volunteered for the ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods) Thanksgiving dinner to serve more than 450 people.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007950 Hamilton High (2019-2020)
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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Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A007973 Payne Junior High (2019-2020)
Care Packages for the Troops
Payne Junior High students in Kennedy Plumb's class are truly getting into the holiday spirit by preparing care packages for troops overseas.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007904 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
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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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007905 Patterson Elementary (2019-2020)
AED
Thank you to Brayden's Buddies who donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our school.
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