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ARCADIA NADIA Enjoys Math and Art at Camelback Desert School

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adia likes math and art in school and has enjoyed reading the book Wonder with her class.

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Q. We heard you love school, what are your favorite subjects? A. My favorite subjects are math and art.

Where Good Kids Can Be Famous Too! KAI Talks About His Love for Football Q. Tell us about your participation in flag football? A. I am a team player. I get to play a lot of positions, but mostly I play center.

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Q. Do you wish to continue football in future grades? A. Of-course!

Q. Your class is reading the book Wonder, what lesson has stuck out the most to you? A. Choosing kind and right which means to be kind then right because it is not the right thing to do it is the kind thing or both.

Q. Tell us about your unique creations? A. I have created an iPad and iPhone stand out of Legos. I built a Robot out of recycled materials, and my favorite creation is a Putt-Putt boat!

Q. What do you like to do for fun? A. My favorite thing to do is play with my cousins and friends, typing, and I also like bike riding.

Q. What is your favorite thing about Christ Church School? A. I like to learn all of the Bible stories. I think the teachers are nice, and that it’s not too big, so I know everyone!

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. I am not so sure what I would like to be when I grow up but I know it has to be something that I enjoy and that benefits others and myself, but I may want to be a doctor.

Q. Who has been one of you favorite teachers? Why? A. My favorite teacher at Christ Church School is Miss Wilding. She is my science teacher. We do experiments, and have a lot of fun. She is always nice and I love science!

Nadia is a fifth grader at Camelback Desert School.

Kai Cestero is a third grader at Christ Church School.

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Madison Simis Students Place in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Five PCDS Seniors Selected as National Merit Semifinalists

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ive of the PCDS Class of 2016 have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. As semifinalists, these PCDS seniors will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of three possible scholarships. The five Phoenix Country Day School Semifinalists are Daniel Bashir, Tara Dugel, Philip Lewis, Anita Sheih, and Gaby Walton. They earned the designation of Semi-Finalist after placing in the top one-percent of testers in last October’s PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These five seniors are fantastic representations of our students’ interests and abilities—they’re varsity athletes, champion debaters, actors and robotics enthusiasts, and incredibly well-rounded young men and women. Please join us in congratulating Daniel, Tara, Philip, Anita, and Gaby on their accomplishment

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ew Way Academy, a non-profit private school for students with learning differences, is about to embark on a remarkable adventure. This year, New Way’s newspaper staff, which is comprised of talented high school students, will release the school’s first newspaper. The individuals on the staff have been hard at work practicing various types of journalism and creating a promotional video to highlight New Way News and celebrate this landmark! New Way News will feature K-12 photographs, videos and articles spotlighting teachers, students, and classrooms, reviewing movies, music, and venues, trivia and jokes, and much more! The first issue will be released October 29.

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aitlin and Macy have been dancing competitively as a team for a few years.

graders from Madison Simis competed at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University this summer. Odyssey of the Mind is a creativity competition where teams solve spontaneous and long term problems using creative solutions. In order to qualify, they had to place in the top two in the Arizona Regional and State competition. They were one of 65 teams competing in their problem from around the world. They were thrilled to finish in 14th place.

Macy puts all her creative energy into dance. She has learned the more organized she is, the more time she has to dance and spend time with family and friends.

Front row (L to R): Colin Lifshitz, Sabrina Case, Iveta Grgic, Brianna Stenke Back row (L to R): Jeffrey Takeuchi, Addison Case, Sam Luba

Q. What made you want to be a dancer? A. My mom because she was a dancer all throughout her childhood and loved it!

All are third graders at Madison Simis.

Kaitlin and Macy are eighth graders at St. Francis Xavier School.

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Kailtin is an example of how hard work can pay off. She balances her school work, family life and charitable pursuits, not to mention friends and fun, around the hours of dance weekly.

Q. What made you want to be a dancer? A. My mom put me in dance class at age three and I have been dancing ever since. As I got older, I saw so many amazing dancers that they inspired me to keep dancing.

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Where Good Kids Can Be Famous Too!

ALEX Loves Learning at The Jones-Gordon School

FINNEAS DEEGAN, Fluent in French, First Rate Kid

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lex is an extremely personable third grader in his first year at the Jones-Gordon School. He gives the best high-fives and hugs and makes everyone around him feel happy. He enjoys writing class and aspires to be either a fireman or builder - or both!

Q. What is your favorite part of ISA? A. Playing with the other kids, math and meeting new teachers. Q. Do you think it’s cool that you are fluent in French? A. Yes, my brain is bigger because I know all of these languages! Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. I want to be a train engineer and learn all of the languages in the world! Finneas is a first grader at International School of Arizona.

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60+ Xavier Students, Faculty “Go Global” This Summer With School’s International Program

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ore than sixty Xavier College Preparatory students and faculty members embarked on the school’s International Studies Program offerings in Ecuador, France, and Nicaragua this summer.

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Four years ago, Xavier introduced these three global opportunities as well as an exchange program that welcomes German students to Arizona each fall and sends Xavier students to Aachen, Germany each winter. An annual Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, complements the school’s international offerings to Europe, Central and South America. Next summer, Xavier students will have additional opportunities to travel to Ireland, the Holy Land, and Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016.

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Alex

His teachers acknowledge how much enthusiasm Alex has for learning. He can always be counted on to participate in class and often will share his personal experiences when making connections to the lesson topics. His teachers describe him as a helpful and caring peer who is kind to everyone he encounters in our school community.

Q. I understand you are interested in swimming. Tell me more about that. A. I like swimming because I can go from one end of my pool to the other. My favorite way to swim is going backwards. On our pool wall we have lion heads that shoot out water. Q. What do you like best about JGS?

A. The indoor playground. Outdoors is too sweaty, but indoors, you can cool down. I also

like writing class. I like to write in my journal. I like the journal topics Ms. Holly has us write. My favorite was when she had us write about what we did over the weekend. I wrote about seeing the lighthouse in San Francisco. Alex is a third grader at The Jones-Gordon School.

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Meet Josh, National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador

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outh Service America and Festival of Children Foundation announce that Rancho Solano Preparatory School junior, Josh Kaplan, will serve as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador. As one of 51 Youth Ambassadors selected from a nationwide pool, Josh will receive funding and training to lead an initiative to create the first soccer program in the greater Phoenix area for youth with and without intellectual disabilities. Josh’s work begins in September— National Child Awareness Month— when he travels to Washington, D.C., for leadership training and meetings with members of the state’s congressional delegation. He then returns home to launch a campaign to overcome the stigma of children with intellectual disabilities through his soccer program. His program, entitled GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All who Love Soccer), involves youth ages 8 to 14, where each athlete is partnered with a buddy, who play together as a unit. This program creates positive peer-to-peer interaction while spreading the value of sports in everyday life. Josh is a junior at Rancho Solano Preparatory School.

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Where Good Kids Can Be Famous Too! DANIELLE Travels to Thailand

JULIA Stays Involved at School with Volleyball and Acting

Q. You are a busy lady! Tell us about all the activities you are involved in. A. I have played on the school’s varsity volleyball team since my freshman year. I am an active member of National Honor Society and Key Club. Every other weekend I volunteer at a dog shelter called 2 Da Rescue. I also really enjoy singing and playing piano!

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ulia loves all things volleyball and is really enjoying getting into acting at her school.

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Q. What do you love most about Bethany Christian School? A. I love the environment and how we all connect.

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Q. What else are you involved in at school? A. I also like acting.

Q. You spent time this summer in Thailand. What were you doing there? A. I visited Thailand for two weeks with an international volunteer program called Global Leadership Adventures. We spent the first couple of days in Chiang Mai learning about the culture, visiting temples, and learning about the elephant situation in Thailand. On the third day we moved to the Thai Elephant Home, an elephant conservation center, where we were paired with an elephant to work with for the remainder of the trip. I cannot describe how life-changing this experience was; I was able to make a difference while still having the time of my life and making life-long friends. I stepped out of my comfort zone, I bonded with my own elephant, I did so many things I never imagined myself doing! I would love to go back.

Julia is an eighth grader at Bethany Christian.

Danielle is a senior at Horizon Honors High School.

Q. How long have you been playing volleyball? A. I’ve been playing for two years. Q. How did you get started? A. I started here at the school when all my friends convinced me to try it out. Q. What do you like most about the sport? A. I love EVERYTHING about the sport!

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NYAH, Brightmont Academy Success Story

Today, Nyah has been attending Brightmont Academy for almost three years. When she began, she had to catch up on many of her course credits, but with the one-to-one instruction, she was able to move quickly through the material. “Nyah has exceeded our expectations and is now accelerating in her studies and completing her courses much faster than we expected,” said Chandler Brightmont Academy Campus Director Veronica Griffin. “She is surprising everyone with how much she is learning and how much she is growing. She is truly thriving with the one-to-one approach.” Nyah is a sophomore at Brightmont Academy Chandler.

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Q. How does it feel to be honored with the Student of the Year award in mathematics and literature? A. There’s definitely a feeling of accomplishment in being given an academic award. Last year was my lit award and the year before was my math award. My grades in both classes were satisfying by themselves, but being recognized for the work I’d put in was encouraging and gratifying. Abby is a senior at James Madison Prep School.

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en enjoys many things and wishes to be able to pursue his dream in forensic science. He has already started photography and video editing which could come in handy in the future. Q. You enjoy photography and video editing, tell us about that? A. I like photography because it’s capturing something that won’t last forever, whether in a memory or on earth. It’s a story in its own right.

Her teachers didn’t have the time or the ability to individualize Nyah’s learning experience. She began to fall behind and was having a difficult time with both school work and other students.

Rhonda discovered Brightmont Academy the spring of Nyah’s sixth grade year. She was drawn to the one-to-one instruction and thought it would be a great fit for Nyah’s learning needs.

Q. You are currently serving as Student Body President, what responsibilities does that include? A. One of the unique things about JMPS is the sense of community within the student body. We organize community outreach events, fundraisers, and in-school activities in order to do so.

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“When Nyah told me she didn’t want to go to school because her teachers were not supportive and she felt other students were making fun of her, that’s when I realized that we needed to make a change,” said Nyah’s mother, Rhonda.

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bby is a natural leader. As student body president, Abby is leading the student government into a positive new school year. She’s a great example to her peers and underclassman.

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yah has always been a visual learner, throughout elementary school, many of her teachers seemed to understand this and worked with her. But when Nyah started middle school, that all seemed to change.

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Meet ABBY, Student Body President

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Q. What are some of your favorite things about attending Primavera? A. I love Primavera because it has allowed me to catch up after getting so far behind. The staff is excellent, and social pressure is relieved.

Q. What do you wish to pursue as a career one day? A. My career choice would have to be in forensic analysis (crime scene). There are some things you can’t see with the human eye and forensic science gives us that key to a door normally locked. Q. What is your favorite subject in school? Why is this your favorite subject? A. My favorite subject is world history because it gives us a view of what we’ve been through. Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world, what three places would you go? Why? What would you take pictures of? A. I would travel to Sweden, Norway, or New Zealand. Ben is an eighth grader at Primavera Online High School.

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Where Good Kids Can Be Famous Too! JORGE Likes Everything About Discover U

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CARTER and ELI Score Big in Baseball Tournament

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Q. What is your favorite things about Discover U? A. Everything! Q. What do you like to do for fun? A. Playing soccer is fun for me. Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. When I grow up I want to build houses and play soccer. Q. What do you think makes a great kid? A. If you listen and follow directions. Jorge is a third grader at Discover U.

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s. Simon and Jude Cathedral School seventh graders Carter Mattox and Eli Reed spent the first week of September

playing at a baseball tournament in Cooperstown, NY. Their team is with the Warrior’s Baseball Academy. Carter and Eli both hit home runs in game seven, and their team is ranked sixth out of 104! When asked what his favorite part of this experience was, Eli stated “getting to spend so much time with my teammates was a lot of fun!” Way to go Carter and Eli! Carter Mattox and Eli Reed are seventh graders at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School.

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NICOLAS and STERLING, Litchfield Little League All-Stars

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Q. Tell us about being on the Litchfield Little League All Stars? What position do you play? A. Nicolas: I play first base and I pitch sometimes. Playing on the All Star Team is an exciting time and I get to spend more time with other friends that were not on my original team. Sterling: All Stars was a great opportunity and it was a lot of fun. I played third and outfield in All Stars Nicolas and Sterling are sixth graders at St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Q. You are one of the ambassadors for The Odyssey Prep this year, what does that mean? A. That means that, last year, I got good grades, was the best student in third grade (at least my teachers thought so), and I get to help Mr. Olsen out, do the announcements, pledge and core values.

Q. What responsibilities do you have? A. I have to set an example for all the new students and all the younger students. I have to go out of my way to help the other people at the school. I have to be caring. Q. What do you like to do for fun? A. I like sports, video games, math, and jumping on the trampoline. I like running. I like learning new things. I like pigs, fish, and reptiles. I like talking to my friends and building things (forts outside or even tiny castles from Legos). I like organizing things. I like going to school and learning math, music, science, PE, social studies, and playing at recess. Toy is a fourth grader at The Odyssey Prep.

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abriella is starting her fourth year as a Girl Scout and will be a Junior scout this year.

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Q. We heard you have some animals, tell us about them. A. I like feeding the chickens and my goats. My favorite goat is Freckles. I like waking up and climbing a tree to get leaves. The goats LOVE leaves.

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Q. What other responsibilities do you have? A. Besides feeding the animals I have to clean my room, do my homework, wash my dishes, help my mom and dad. Q. What do you like best about Girl Scouts? A. I like to go camping, going on field trips, and selling cookies. Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? A. I would like to take care of children from the orphanage when I grow up. I love to smile, have fun and be happy. Gabriella is a fourth grader at St. John Vianney School.

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Meet TOY, Ambassador at Odyssey Prep

oth Nicolas and Sterling have attended STA since three year old preschool. They are both honor roll students. Nicolas pitches and plays first base. Sterling plays third base and right field.

Q. What is the best thing about attending STA? A. Nicolas: I like the teachers and the faculty. Everyone is friendly and nice. I also have good friends that I have known since preschool. Sterling: The best thing about STA is the education that I am receiving

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orge is a very kindhearted, sweet young man who is very helpful. Jorge is bilingual and helps to translate key concepts for the teacher to the students in the class that are learning English. Q. We heard you like to help out in class. What things do you do? A. I help kids that don’t understand English, I help to clean the classroom. I also tell jokes to My teachers.

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Aviation Maintenance for MELISSA at West-Mec Q. How long have you been at West-Mec and what do you love about it? A. I’ve been at West-MEC for a little over a year now. I’ll be getting my airframe license some time in November and will be graduating with both my airframe and powerplant ratings in June/July. I find this sort of education incredibly liberating! I love the hands-on aspect, and I have always adored the inner workings of machinery.

Melissa

Q. Can you tell us more about the program you are in? A. This particular program is training us to work on aircraft in the general category, which easily translates into large commercial airline occupations, and ensures us acceptance into Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The amount of people who actually decide to get their A/P license is surprisingly few, but even then, the knowledge we gain is enough to support us financially, whether that means getting a job related to the subject, or just saving money when needing to get a repair done on your car.

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NICOLE AND BRANDON Talk STEM at Imagine School West Gilbert

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to make lots of money and have magine School West a happy family. Gilbert’s mission is to build 21st century skills through Nicole H. creativity, collaboration, Q. You have been at Imagine and innovation to develop for many years. How is STEM globally successful leaders different than the ways you through positive character ned in the years past? development and a rigorous have lear A. We are collaborating which STEM education. Students is when you are talking and at Imagine use handsexplaining to another person on, real world learning to s and you get to build investigate, explore, create your idea and do fun activities instead of and build. sitting and learning with papers. STEM is Science, Technology, Brandon B. Engineering, and Math in one. Q. Why do you feel that STEM Everyone needs to learn this is important? way - the whole world is STEM. A. STEM is important because if someone wants to be an at kind of STEM projects engineer, technician, or scientist Q. Wh have you done this year? it will help them. It will boost A. We did a project where we them and it will help them saved a gummy worm named know what to do. They will be Fred whose boat capsized. smarter. His oars were paperclips and the challenge was to use the Q. What is your favorite thing oars to get him to safety. We about STEM? also learned what germs do to A. My favorite thing about bread by touching the surface STEM is engineering. I want to bread to see what would be an engineer when I grow up. of the happen to the bread. I am aiming to be an engineer

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ver the summer, the University of Arizona started offering fully online degree programs, and Arizona State University added hundreds of new online degrees. It’s not just Arizona; colleges throughout the country are offering more online programs, and even adding an online aspect to their traditional degrees. With all of this push for an online college education, here are a few reasons why taking online courses in high school now can help better students become prepared for college. ONLINE STUDENTS LEARN DISCIPLINE In an online environment, there is no assigned seats or raising your hand to ask to use the bathroom. Online students instead enjoy the freedom of completing their schoolwork on their schedule, when and where they want. With this added benefit comes great responsibility, a great trait to learn

while in high school as Primavera Online High School graduate Jayde Kolb said. “(Online school) helps you achieve responsibility, taking charge of your own learning,” said Kolb. “I’ve heard college stories saying you’re not going to have someone babysitting you, and I think with online school, you get that experience already…it gives you that experience to go and be able to take charge of your own learning and education and responsibilities.” WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY, STUDENTS CREATE DISCIPLINED SCHEDULE In college, students choose the time and day they want to attend classes and study. Online courses in high school are very similar to that. Students who take online courses can take advantage of working on their assignments when and where they want, in order to balance the other activities in their lives such as working a job or participating in student clubs.

These options will also be available to them in college, so they will be prepared to manage their schedules rather than being overwhelmed. ONLINE STUDENTS GAIN EXPERIENCE COMMUNICATING WITH TEACHERS OUTSIDE A CLASSROOM In a brick and mortar school, students interact with their teachers in person every single school day. Transferring to the college environment classroom sizes can range anywhere from 100500 students can be a rough shift for students who leaned on their teachers. This, combined with more online degree programs and online aspects being added to the classrooms, is the reason college students communicate with their professors less in person. Professors or more readily available via emails and phone calls, just like in an online environment. Online instructors are available by phone,

email and in person tutoring to help students get the personalized support they need and get used to communicating with a teacher the way they would with a college professor. ONLINE STUDENTS BECOME FAMILIARIZED WITH COMPLETING ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS Even if students plan to take college courses in person, they will most likely still have an online aspect. Now more than ever, in-person colleges have online assignments, exams and resources. Students who take online high school courses become more comfortable with the idea of logging in and completing coursework, exams and even doing research online If your student is looking to take online high school courses, many schools are still enrolling. Primavera Online High School enrolls every two weeks. To start your online application, visit gothighschool.com/ enroll.

MEET LEXI: Dancer, Gymnast at Arizona Sunrays Q. What type of activities are you involved in at Arizona Sunrays? A. I've been coming to Arizona Sunrays for almost my whole life, I think since I was three years old. I have been doing dance and gymnastics this whole time. Q. Tell me about one of your coaches, what makes him/her a great coach? A. Coach Shyler is my main coach in gymnastics. She is a great coach, she helps me get new skills and she always

wants to help me get better. In dance one of my teachers is Mrs. Jen. She is an amazing teacher. She’s helped me so much! I’ve been dancing with Mrs. Jen for a very long time now, I think four years. I love all of my teachers and coaches, they all have helped me so much!! Q. What are your favorite things to do there? A. My favorite things to do at Sunrays is

work on our company dances. And get new skills in gymnastics. Q. When you are not at Arizona Sunrays, what are some things you enjoy doing? A. I’m at Sunrays almost everyday, but when I’m not there, I like to go swimming. And I like to play with all of my toys, sometimes I’ll dress up for fun. And I love watching cartoons when I get a chance to.

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ZONA ACTIVITY CALENDAR upcoming family events around the valley

Fall Events 26-1 Fall Festival Sept. 26-Nov. 1

Mon. - Thur.: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat.: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sun.: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$9.00 per person (Under 2 FREE)

7 Acre Corn Maze Extreme Air Pillow Giant Tube Slide Grain Train Mini Hay Maze (for young children) Pumpkin Patch Pedal Race Cars Barrel Train Ride Farm Animals Giant Jump Pad NEW! Playground Teeter-Totter Barn House Photo Op Educational Pizza Farm* and much, much more

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CORN MAZE AND FALL FESTIVAL When: September 26thNovember 1st. Where: Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa (Between

Elliot & Warner) Cost: $9.00 per person (Under 2 FREE) Details: 7 Acre Corn Maze, Extreme Air Pillow, Giant Tube Slide, Grain Train, Mini Hay Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Pedal Race Cars, Barrel Train Ride, Farm Animals, Giant Jump Pad (NEW), Playground, Teeter-Totter, Barn House Photo Op, educational Pizza Farm and much, much more. For more information visit www. vertucciofarms.com.

SCARIZONA SCAREGROUNDS When: October 2nd-November 7th, Thursdays and Sundays, 7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 p.m.12:00 a.m. Where: 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa Cost: $20-35 Details: Scarizona Scaregrounds will feature two haunted houses. Epic Fear will play on every phobia you can imagine. Slayer’s Slaughter House will be a window to all that is gory and twisted. Also featured, Arizona’s first interactive paintball attraction known as Operation Zombie Storm. 16-passenger military trucks will take people on a treacherous route through a wave of zombies. The only weapons passengers will have to fend them off ?

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A paintball gun loaded with about 200 rounds of ammunition. Enjoy live music on the weekends and, for the adults, the Cemetery Beer Garden Boo-Z-Bar! Tickets and discounts for the event are available for purchase on scarizona.com People will also be able to purchase discounted tickets at participating Taco Bells in the Valley.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH AT MOTHER NATURE’S FARM When: October 1st–October 31st, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Close at 3pm on Halloween Day) Where: Mother Nature’s Farm, 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert Cost: $3 per adult; $10 per child (1 year and older) this includes a pumpkin, an individual bag of stickers, decorating your pumpkin, the air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze! Details: Load up the family and bring your friends and neighbors! Our Pumpkin Patch is stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, from 1 ounce to 500 pounds! For more information call 480-892-5874 or visit MotherNaturesFarm.com

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f you’re a parent, chances are Spiderman, Superman and Captain America are hanging out in your laundry pile right now in the form of T-shirts, pajamas, underwear…Not to mention the Lego Batman you almost tripped over today while packing the PB and J inside your child’s Avengers’ lunchbox. Being a huge superhero fan myself (I was a Ninja Turtle for Halloween three years ago) I admire the positive message most of these mythical crime fighters are sending our youth. However, the reality is Gotham City is too far away for kids needing a real life role model, which is why non-profit ‘The Greater Purpose Project School

Superheroes Tour’ is coming to a school near you! While they may not shoot spider webs from their fingernails or leap tall buildings in a single bound their abilities to overcome adversity and inspire others are just as powerful. These Superheroes are… YOUR CHILDREN! As a broadcast journalist I have a decade worth’s experience interviewing kids who are curing diseases with lemonade stands, cutting their hair to fight cancer and creating service projects to aid the homeless. I’ve witnessed the superpowers kids possess and I’m always blown away with what they’ll come up with next! The GPP School Superheroes Tour inspires students of all ages to discover their inner

Superhero while exploring how their talents and differences (Super Powers) can help others! Olympic athletes, Paralympians, professional athletes and other celebrity role models are joining GPP’s ‘get out your chair wave your hands in the air’ interactive assemblies. GPP reinforces the importance of education while giving students/teachers the tools to start their own ‘Greater Purpose Projects’. GPP’s other goal is to introduce kids to Super Hero Youth. These are kindergarten through college age individuals who are overcoming extreme obstacles (e.g. paralyzed, cognitive impairment, loss of limbs, battling an illness, orphaned, former homeless etc.) Meet Harvey Parry Harvey’s Super Power: Supersonic Speed Harvey Parry may not cross the finish line with legs that look like most people but he is probably faster than most

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