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Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013


Gold medalist featured at fundraiser Meet Arizona’s four-time Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers and his fiancé, USA Swim team member Annie Chandler, as they cheer on swimmers to help sick kids from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 2, during the 8th Annual Blake’s Miracle Festival, hosted by SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. Grevers and Chandler will hand out medals to swimmers during the fundraiser. The event also features a silent auction, business expo, train rides, cake walk, bounce house, face painting, raffle and more. At past events, older children swam as many as 350

laps. The tiniest “swimmers,” ages 18 months to 3 years, floated for as long as 45 minutes. At the completion of their swims, each child is given a standing ovation on the awards stage. “I’ve been doing this since I was two years old,” says fifth grader Eileen Spahle. “I can’t wait to swim again this year.” The festival is named in honor of 2-year-old Blake Whitehead, a family member of SWIMkids USA’s founders, who died in 2006 after his diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For a terminally ill child bravely battling cancer, life can be filled with pain. There is pain from being sick. There may be pain from procedures designed to make them well. During the evening, hundreds of young swimmers and baby floaters will push their own limits as they earn money for music therapy and massage therapy for sick children at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center. BLAKE’S MIRACLE: Eight years ago, Blake Whitehead’s family, founders of Mesa’s SWIMkids USA, lost their precious little red-haired boy after a three-month battle with acute “Stress hormones can delay healing lymphoblastic leukemia. They started Blake’s Miracle Foundation to turn their profound grief and that may increase the likelihood of into something wonderful and have already raised almost a quarter of a million dollars. This infection says Teri Reyburn-Orne, pain year, they hope to raise $20,000 more. Blake is shown flanked by his parents, Brandon, left, team program manager at Cardon. “The and Kelle Whitehead. Submitted photo

money from Blake’s Miracle pays for comfort therapies that have a tremendous healing effect.” Blake’s Miracle Festival money also goes for drowning prevention programs and it paid for a child-friendly Treatment Room at Cardon that bears Blakes’ name. The beautiful treatment room means no child has to have a painful procedure in their own hospital bed like it was for Blake when he was battling leukemia in 2006. Call 480-820-9109 or go to to learn more.

USA SWIM COUPLE: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Matt Grevers and his fiancé, USA Swimming team member Annie Chandler, are good friends with little swimmers and baby floaters at SWIMkids USA. For the second year in a row they will hand out medals to the healthy children who spend their day at the swim-a-thon and float-a-thon on March 2, which raises money to brighten the lives of very sick East Valley children. Submitted photo

Register for Spring Classes! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth spring intersession camps and special events for March, April and May is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration is now open for residents and non-residents. For more information, call 782-2727.

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities! Sonoran Sunset Series at Environmental Education Center is March 21 The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series free lakeside entertainment by local musicians suitable for all ages on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

Spring Youth Intersession Camps Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center offer spring youth intersession camps March 11-15 and 18-22 for boys and girls ages 7-12. There are half-day and full-day sports and arts camps. Register at or call 782-2900 or 782-2890 for more information.

Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children five years of age and under to play under parental or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.

Teen Lounge Nights Teen Lounge Nights at the Chandler Senior Center are a great way for teens to get to know other teens and have an awesome time for free! Participants will play the Wii, Xbox, and PS3; make crafts, watch movies, play pool and all sorts of other fun games. Drop in and make the most out of your Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. You can find the class information at or call 782-2727 with any questions.

Stay Connected Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January/February episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show featuring the Chandler Center for the Arts events and programs. It is now being aired on Channel 11 and on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. You can sign up for the monthly newsletter at For more information, call 782-2727.


Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013


Register early for preschool discount Workshops help create ‘life with purpose’ Tour scheduled for Feb. 19 School registration for the 2013/14 academic year begins on Feb. 25 for families new to the Early Childhood Learning Center at the East Valley JCC at 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. New families who register between Feb. 25 and March 15 receive a discounted registration fee of $100. After that, the fee increases to $150. To learn more about the ECLC and what children experience at each developmental level, join the staff on Tue, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. for What to Expect Next Year. The staff will outline a typical day in their classrooms, highlighting how the learning environment aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children criteria and the Arizona Early Learning Standards.

“Each classroom provides opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, physical and Judaic growth at a developmentally appropriate level for students,” says Pam Morris, a spokesperson for ECLC. “The teachers will also be available for any questions about our program and educational philosophy that you might have.” Free childcare is available and visitors may order a pizza lunch for their children for only $5.50. Registration for the Feb. 19 event is required by Feb. 18. Tours are available by appointment at the school. To register for What to Expect Next Year or to learn more about the Early Childhood Learning Center, call 480-897-0588.

Dual credits available for Embry Riddle A new joint venture between Chandler Unified School District and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is the school’s first partnership ever with an Arizona K-12 school district. CUSD students will be able to enroll for dual credits at the same rate as Maricopa Community College tuition. The dual credits will be accepted at Embry Riddle and transferrable at all in-state universities, as well as other institutions outside Arizona. Highlights of the program include: • Potential job shadowing and internships networked through Embry Riddle personnel.

• Coordination of field trips and guest speakers through Embry Riddle. • Embry Riddle will provide teacher training at no cost to the school district. • Students will pay reduced tuition: $76 per credit hour, consistent with Maricopa County Community College tuition. Coursework will include Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Computing for Engineers, ComputerAided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems, Digital Circuit Design, Digital Circuit Laboratory, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Space Transportation Systems, Space Stations Systems and Operations.




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The next workshop in the 12-part series “Living Life with Purpose Phase III: Discovering Life’s True Purpose,” facilitated by Kirk Wilkinson, author of “The Happiness Factor,” is offered at both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in March. The class is held from noon to 1 p.m. Tue., March 5 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Lower Level Conference Rooms 1 and 2, located in main hospital, 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. It is also set from noon to 1 p.m. Wed., March 6 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, McAuley B, located in the medical office building east of the hospital, 3420 S. Mercy Rd. Gilbert. The free workshop focuses on

“Dealing with Difficult People and Difficult Situations,” and teaches participants how to have a positive effect on those around them and how to deal with tough situations and circumstances. Throughout the series, participants discover the power and satisfaction that come from clarifying life’s purpose, evaluate where they are on the journey to discovering purpose and learn tools to living on purpose. Attendees are welcome to bring a bite to eat to join in this self-explorative offering. For a complete schedule and to register, call ResourceLink at 877-728-5414. Visit or for more information.

Practice exams free for students A free SAT or ACT practice test is available to SanTan Sun area high school juniors and seniors from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 at Tutor House Tutoring Services in the Chandler Professional Building, 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler. A welcome and registration from 9 to 9:15 a.m. precedes the practice test. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Space is limited; register by calling 480-857-1222 or emailing Participants receive a score analysis at a later date. Info: Visit

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Chandler event celebrates science Chandler continues to participate in the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival with “Science Saturday” from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 in downtown Chandler. The culminating event in the three-day Chandler Science Spectacular features food trucks, music, a showcase presentation of Chandler student projects and interactive demonstrations and activities by Chandler’s technology companies, with topics ranging from video game creation and insect discovery to pilot training and linguistics. The free event is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a grassroots collaboration of more than 200

organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12 schools, spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Science Center. The program is intended to excite and inform Arizonans of all ages about how science, technology and innovation will drive Arizona for the next 100 years. For information about the Chandler Science Spectacular, visit chandleraz. gov/science and downtownchandler. org. For details about Arizona SciTech Festival events throughout Arizona, visit

Youth ball program accepting registration Walk-in registration is accepted through Feb. 21 for Gilbert Youth and Recreation’s Spring Youth Ball Program, an instructional recreation program for boys and girls emphasizing fun, skill development and team unity. The six-week season begins Mon., April 1 and ends Thu., May 9. All divisions typically play two games per week between Monday and Thursday at McQueen, Freestone or Discovery parks in Gilbert, depending on division.

Five divisions are offered: boys’ and girls’ T-Ball, ages 4 to 6, $56; girls’ coach pitch softball, ages 7 to 9, $64; girls’ slow pitch softball, ages 10 to 12, $64; boys’ coach pitch baseball, ages 7 to 9, $64; boys’ baseball, ages 10 to 12, $64. Register between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the division’s offices at 90 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert. For more, call 480-503-6200 or visit youthsports.

Scholarships for law enforcement families High school seniors whose parents serve their communities as police and fire officials are eligible for up to $20,000 in scholarship money. The entry deadline is March 10.

The scholarship is offered as part of the Youth Scholarship Program sponsored by Arizona Alarm Association (AzAA), a nonprofit organization representing burglar alarm companies in Arizona, and Vivint, a leading provider of home technology services. Scholarship winners are chosen for their performance in a number of categories, including grade point average, SAT scores, academic awards, extracurricular activities and an essay on “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.” AzAA’s first-place winner advances to the national-level scholarship competition through the Electronic Security Association Youth Scholarship Program, also sponsored by Vivint. For more information about eligibility or applications, visit

Deadline approaches for Hershey track meet Chandler boys and girls ages 7 to 14 have until Fri., March 8 to register for the 2013 Hershey Track & Field Meet, held Sat., April 6 at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The entry fee is $4 per child for Chandler residents and $6 for nonresidents. The meet is open to children who live or attend school within Chandler’s city limits. No registration will be accepted after March 8. The competition features sprints, relays, the standing long jump and the softball throw for youths in various age categories. The top performers may have the opportunity to compete in the State Hershey Track & Field Meet and the national meet in Hershey, PA. Registration forms are available online at, from physical education teachers in Chandler schools, at all Chandler public libraries and at the following locations: Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd.; Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd.; and Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Registration forms and fees should be dropped off at or mailed to Snedigar Recreation Center, ATTN: Hershey Track, Mail Stop 502, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 852444008. Checks should be made payable to the City of Chandler. For more information, call 480-782-2704 or visit


Scholarship open to Latino alumni

Outstanding Arizona State University students from the SanTan Sun area and others who are committed to the Latino community are encouraged to apply for the 2013-14 Freeport-McMoran Una Promesa Community Scholarship offered by Los Diablos, the official Latino Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association. The deadline is March 1. Los Diablos provides scholarships of varying amounts up to the cost of full tuition to students who qualify. The scholarships may not be combined with other ASU institutional merit scholarships. “The Freeport-McMoran Una Promesa Community Los Diablos Scholarship is more than just tuition assistance,” says Lisette Flores, president of the Los Diablos Board of Directors. “It’s a comprehensive program that includes mentoring and networking components aimed at helping build Arizona’s future leaders.”

Through the Puentes (Bridges) program, each qualifying scholar is matched with a Los Diablos board member for a mentor for the upcoming school year. As mentors, board members actively encourage academic success and expose scholars to potential career paths, becoming the scholars’ advocates and liaisons to the university and community at large. The Latino Alumni Chapter also encourages its scholars to attend, participate and volunteer in various Los Diablos activities throughout the school year. Students interested in applying can find more information and download applications at scholarship/1639?destination=nod e%2F1639. To learn more about the scholarship, basic requirements or application, contact Martín J. Quezada at 602-653-0437 or

Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013


Top crossing guards SRP classroom sought for award grants available Nominations are accepted now through March 12 for AAA Arizona’s sixth annual Crossing Guard of the Year Award. Students, parents, school administrators, faculty, staff and community members in Maricopa and Pima counties are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted. AAA’s traffic safety staff evaluates nominations to select finalists for the award based on dedication, friendliness, professionalism and safety. Honors are given to the one crossing guard from Maricopa County and one from Pima County who best exemplify the procedures and responsibilities outlined in “AAA’s Handbook for Adult Crossing Guards.” Winners are announced on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, April 26, and receive a recognition plaque and a $100 Target gift card, courtesy of AAA Arizona. Nomination forms are available at all Maricopa and Pima county school district offices or can be downloaded online at Completed forms can be faxed to 602-266-1736, emailed to or mailed to AAA Arizona, Attn: Public Affairs, 2375 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

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SanTan Sun area teachers have until March 31 to apply for 2013-14 SRP Classroom Connections grants to enhance classroom learning in the areas of math, science, technology and social studies. The SRP Classroom Connections program offers up to $180,000 in funding and two types of grants. Learning Grants by SRP provide funding up to $5,000 per school for projects and programs that incorporate innovative teaching strategies in math and science and meet performance standards as dictated by the Arizona Academic Standards. Social Studies Grants by SRP supports the enrichment and enhancement of classroom instruction in the disciplines of history, geography, civics, government and economics and meet performance standards as dictated by the Arizona Academic Standards. Up to $2,000 is available per educator. Public, private and nonprofit schools serving grades K through 12 are eligible to compete. Visit for more information.



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Young Chandler artist showcased Tarwater Elementary student and Chandler resident Ryan Dempsey, 10, showed more than 40 new pieces of art at an open house at Yo Love, 1900 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Yo Love donated 20% of yogurt sales that evening to Tarwater Elementary. Ryan also donated a portion of his art sales to local charity Kitchen on the Street, which aids hungry Phoenix children. With no formal art training, Ryan painted more than 100 canvases in two years and sold his art and art calendars at previous shows to help raise money for his club soccer expenses. Ryan’s art can be viewed at

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Lacrosse league ‘springs’ into action A Spring Fling Lacrosse League for new and experienced players is offered by Elite Lacrosse from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays March 17 through April 13 at Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. The Spring Fling League provides an introduction to the game of lacrosse for new players, and an emphasis on evolved

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Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then,

email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@SanTanSun. com as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email



Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013

Chandler Unified School District

Feb. 18: Presidents Day holiday; no school March 11-22: Spring intersession March 25: Teacher inservice/workday; no school March 29: Spring holiday; no school

Carlson Champions

High notes – Sixth-grader Jared Barney is in this year’s Honor Band. He now has the opportunity to work with students from other elementary schools and perform as a group at 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 27 at Hamilton High. Spring Carnival – Thanks to Bourbon Jacks in downtown Chandler, Prime Time Athletics in Gilbert, Dance Loft in Chandler, Desert Sky Tours West and Infant Swimming Resource for their donations to the Spring Carnival silent auction in April. Local retailers and businesses interested in promoting themselves to the Carlson community at its first Spring Carnival should contact the PTO at CarlsonPTO@yahoo. com. Silent auction donations, food vendors and boutique-style booths are sought for the event. Race results – The Champions took on Basha and Patterson elementary schools at its recent Running Club meet and fared well in all grade levels. Participants included Natalie Ridge, fourth place, kindergarten girls; Ava Jensen, first place, first-grade girls; Vaughn Campbell, first place, Rex Pinter, sixth place and Bryan Wang, seventh

place, first-grade boys; Lauren Downs, first place and Dusti Ellsworth, seventh place, second-grade girls; Cole Felker, first place, second-grade boys; Rylee Watrous, second place, Paige Nelson, sixth place and Brooklyn Braaten, seventh place, third-grade girls; Austin Jascourt, seventh place, third-grade boys; Madison Jack, second place, Sarah Linford, fourth place, Alyssa McNutt, fifth place and Madison Conner, eighth place, fourth-grade girls; Brady Shoush, first place, Preston Felker, second place, Zachary Frederick, fourth place and Riggs Ellsworth, seventh place, fourthgrade boys; Kate Robinson, eighth place, fifth-grade girls; Jonathan Downs, sixth place, fifth-grade boys; and Austin Wibbing, second place and Alex Linford, eighth place, sixth-grade boys. Calendar Feb. 26: General PTO meeting, 1:30 p.m. March 1: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, 1:30 p.m., smoothies $3 —Lora Robinson

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FR-S or $20,000 cash. The drawing is Sun., March 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival. Save the date – CTA’s spectacular Spring Fling is from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 12. The whole family is welcome to enjoy games, food and fun. Calendar Feb. 19: Running Club race, 3:30 p.m., Snedigar Park Feb. 28: Variety Show, 6:30-8 p.m. —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers

Write stuff – The Tigers welcome award-winning author Doreen Rappaport to the school on March 6 as a culmination of the week-long celebration of Read Across America. Mrs. Rappaport will speak about writing nonfiction and research papers. On the move – Haley fourth-graders hiked and explored Tonto National Monument northeast of Globe. Kindergartners also ventured off on their first fieldtrip to see a performance of “Click, Clack, Moo” at Childsplay Theatre in Tempe. Afterward, they headed to Tumbleweed Park for a picnic lunch. —Stephanie Vatistas

Hancock Heat

Jump Rope – Students raise funds for the American Heart Association with “Jump Rope for Heart,” during physical education classes Feb. 20 through 22. All support is appreciated. Donations

are due no later than Feb. 22. Hancock raised $4,883 last year for AHA, which uses the funds for education and research for children born with congenital heart defects. Tax credits – Donations for 2013 can be made any time starting now. Donate up to $400 to Hancock and receive credit for the full amount. Thanks to the Hancock families who have already contributed. Club news – Hancock’s Math and Science Club is in a partnership with college students from the American Medical Student Association. The ASU students visit each week to perform science experiments or math games or activities with third- to fifth-graders. The club aims to engage children in STEM activities from an early age and build excitement for math and science. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Hull Heroes

Basket bonanza – Hull offers its basket auction online for the first time ever the week of Feb. 18. Final bidding is held live during Celebration of Learning Night on Feb. 21. Items up for bid include a Disney vacation benefiting the library, gift cards, a night out for one family, spa day, games, children’s activities and more. Thanks to the parents who donated to classroom baskets. All money earned from the basket auction benefits Hull classrooms. Celebration of Learning – Join Hull for an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thu.,


Feb. 21. Families can visit classrooms and teachers, view Art Masterpiece projects and Science Fair displays and shop at the Book Fair in the Media Center. Book Fair – The Book Fair is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 through 22. Students also have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their regular library time. Families can shop during Celebration of Learning Night. Thanks due – Thanks to eScrip and Safeway, Hull was awarded $4,119 for participating in the 2012 10% Goes Back to School program. Thanks also to Albertsons store manager Mike Farfalla and associates for choosing Hull to receive a $1,000 donation from Albertsons. Win big – Purchase CEF raffle tickets in the Hull office to win a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S or $20,000 in cash. Tickets are $20; Hull keeps $4 from every ticket sold at Hull. The drawing is Sun., March 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival. —Kristen Boyd

K; Wetzel, first grade; Goracke, second grade; Byrne, third grade; Johnston, fourth grade; Steinepreis-Whitehead, fifth grade; Thunem, sixth grade; and Prestis, SPED. The class with the most Box Tops and winner of a Sonic class party was Mrs. Wetzel’s class with 347. Calendar Feb. 22: Box Tops Boutique, turn in Box Tops for prizes Feb. 28: Last day of Running Club, bouncer party after school March 8: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, smoothies $3 —Traci Lepacik

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Write stuff – Award-winning children’s book author David M. Schwartz visited the school to speak to students. Schwartz’s books, which include “How Much is a Million?” and “G is for Googol,” combine math, science and language arts in entertaining and educational ways. Calendar Feb. 19: Spring photos; Free Dress Day; Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center —Kathie Butters

Basha High Bears COMBAT GEAR: Basha High senior Jessica Lister sells “Combat Cancer” T-shirts for her Senior Service Project to raise money for a fashion show featuring cancer patients as models. Funds raised from the show help pay for the patients’ medical bills. To purchase a shirt, contact Jessica at combat. Submitted photo

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Sweetest school – The “Sweetest School in America” Box Tops contest ends March 1. The winning school receives $25,000 from General Mills / Box Tops. Help Ryan win by sending Box Tops to Ryan Elementary, 4600 S. Bright Angel Way, Chandler, AZ 85249. Box Tops – Winners of the January Box Tops Contest earned free gifts from Sonic. Winning classes were Chamblis,

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Save the date – Families interested in attending Horizon in the upcoming 2013-14 school year can attend an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 20 in the HCLC Multipurpose Room. The orientation allows prospective students and parents to learn more about HCLC and gives them the opportunity to ask questions about the school. The lottery admission process will be discussed. To reserve a space or for more information, visit —Melissa Hartley

Knox Knights

Celebrate science – Knox’s Celebration of Science and Engineering, a night of fun for the whole family, is 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 20. The event features demonstrations and activities in astronomy, geology, Design Squad, brain boxes, a petting zoo, liquid ice cream, rocket launchers and food. Running Club – Knox runners did a great job in their races. Many placed in the top eight. Thanks to Mrs. Nowlin and Mr. Durham for running the club. Kudos – Congrats to sixth-grader Caroline Phillips, who qualified for the Regional Spelling Bee. Fundraising fun – Knox collects old clothing, Box Tops, juice pouches and Labels for Education; all items should be sent in to classroom teachers. —Ximena Rodriguez




Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013

Youth Chronicles Megan Liborio, a sophomore at Basha High in Chandler, is the first-place winner of the Future Champions Golf Tour held at Ocotillo Golf Course. Scout Troop 233, sponsored by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Chandler, held its court of honor, elevating three triplet boys to the rank of Eagle Scout. Only about 3% of any troop reaches the rank of Eagle Scout. Gerard John of Chandler is a November 2012 graduate of Spring Arbor University of Spring Arbor, MI, with a Master of Business Administration. Audrey Katako of Chandler is on the fall 2012 President’s List at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must earn all As for the semester. Audrey is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences. Meera Kumar of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. To be eligible, students must earn a term

grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Lauren Mahoney of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Fulltime students who complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. Tyler Miller of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT. The Dean’s List includes students achieving a 3.33 grade point average or better. Nickolaus D. Cox of Gilbert is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C. Nickolaus is majoring in Modern Languages & Cultures. Megan Liborio


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