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in turn increases home values, promotes competition among private and charter schools and attracts high-paying companies to Chandler.

Carlson Champions CUSD Override – Ballots will be mailed to all registered Chandler voters in October, so be sure to mark it and mail it. The school district relies on increasing its operating budget commensurate with inflation to be able to continue to offer quality education for its students, which

Calendar Oct. 21: Rubio’s Family Food Night, 3-9:30 p.m., Gilbert and Germann roads Oct. 25: Boo Bash, 6-8 p.m., Multipurpose room —Lora Robinson SEE CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PAGE 40

PRIZE WINNERS: The school’s new trophy case, donated by Dr. Eric Kerbs of Kidtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, already features recently won school awards as well as memorabilia awarded to John Carlson, the school’s namesake and former CUSD coach. From left to right, Dr. Kerbs, his wife Tiffany and their children, first-grader Zander and fourthgrader Skylen, stand with John and Carol Carlson and Carlson Elementary Principal Leo Schlueter. Submitted photo

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Sophie Church, Alexander Komar, Marcella Manzo and Tara O’Dell of Chandler participated in the Edge Leadership Experience at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The program allows first-year incoming students to learn and practice leadership skills. Kurt Mangum of Chandler is a summer 2013 graduate of the University of Akron in Akron, OH.

Kurt earned a master of science in education in physical education— sport sci/coach. Adam Wenger, Dominic Mercurio and Kiley Raica of Chandler are new students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Adam is majoring in art—graphic design, Dominic is majoring in engineering and Kiley is majoring in exercise science— exercise physiology.

POPPING TO THE TOP: Carlson kindergarten teacher Christine Thornton proudly shows off her class’ popcorn award at the school assembly. Her class raised the most money in the PTO’s Checka-thon fundraiser and will receive a popcorn party after fall break, along with Mrs. Montano’s first graders, who came in second place. The fundraiser, which earned more than $16,000, will buy additional cafeteria tables, outdoor benches, a popcorn machine for special events and supplemental academic support materials and resources for classrooms. Submitted photo



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CTA-Independence Hawks Fun Run – The Apex Fun Run 2013-14 will be held Nov. 4 through 15. Donation information will come home soon. All pledge money collected will be used to purchase security items for the school, such as radios for each classroom. Race Day will be Fri., Nov. 15. Tax credits – CTA-Independence families and friends can visit the school website and click on the “Our School” tab for information on tax credit donations. Donations can easily be made



online; every dollar donated is returned at tax time. Donations go directly to the school and are used to support clubs and fieldtrips. Thanks for donating. —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers Fun Run – The entire school is gearing up for its one big fundraiser of the year, the APEX Fun Run, on Oct. 31. Students will raise money per lap that they run; funds raised will help the school purchase additional curriculum materials and help fund other school activities. —Stephanie Vatistas

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Character Counts – Hancock continues to focus on the character trait of “Respect” throughout the month of October. Families can help reinforce the main components of respect at home, including being tolerant and accepting of differences, using good manners, dealing peacefully with disagreements and being considerate of the feelings of others. Tax credits – Hancock families are asked to consider donating to the school through the extracurricular tax credit program, and to encourage friends, neighbors and relatives who live in Arizona to also donate. Donations can be made in any amount or in increments; married couples can donate up to $400 or singles up to $200. The full donation will be returned in the form of a tax credit. —Guia Lehr

Clothing drive – Patterson’s clothing drive runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Items accepted include usable and unusable clothing, hats, belts, pillows, stuffed animals, comforters, sheets, bedspreads and any textile items. Boots and shoes are also needed but should be bagged separately. Donations will be collected at parent drop-off Fri., Oct. 25. PTO news – The next PTO general meeting is 3:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 23. The new Patterson PTO Board for 2013-14 includes Co-Presidents Mary Jacobs and Ann Rollins, Co-Vice Presidents Jennifer Davis and Clark Jess, Co-Treasurers Jeanne Schweizer and Cheryl Cowan, Secretary Amber Cook and Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Segerstrom. A new communications coordinator is still needed. Fall Fiesta – Charlotte Patterson Elementary hosts a public Fall Festival Fiesta from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2. Entrance fee is $10 for unlimited games and bouncers; adults are free if not participating on the bouncers. Train rides are an additional $3 per person. The event will feature a large variety of food items available for purchase, including Jamba Juice and Kona Ice, as well as games, vendor booths, themed raffle baskets and silent auction items. All proceeds benefit the PTO. —Anne Keefer

Hull Heroes Halloween happenings – Join Hull PTO and friends for the annual Halloween Dance from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25. Entry, costume contest and two games are free. Dinner from Subway, Kona Ice, snacks, crafts, additional games and glow items will be available for purchase. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for updated PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

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Fundraiser fun – Earn points for Tarwater just by “liking” Chandler Fashion Center on Facebook. Click “Like” at ShopChandlerFashionCenter, click on School Cents and then choose Tarwater to earn 500 points. The school can also earn 500 points when families attend the free Kids Club at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Gap wing of the mall. Families can bring their tiny Toros, sign their name on the School Cents form and enjoy cute songs, coloring pages and a snack. School Cents – Shop and log all Chandler Fashion Center and The Boulevard Shops receipts to earn School Cents points for Tarwater. Original receipts may be shown to the staff at Guest Services, located on the upper level across from Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center, or turn receipts into the front office to be logged. Receipts must be dated between Aug. 15, 2013 and April 15, 2014. Tarwater earns at least five points for every dollar spent at any of the participating stores, restaurants and services, with additional bonus point opportunities throughout the year. This great program has earned Tarwater $8,000 in the last three years. Everyone’s participation is needed to help Tarwater earn first place again and the grand prize of $3,000. —Robyn Kelly

Play ball – The Perry Pumas football team enters the last half of the season with a 2-4 record. Recently they faced Basha High for a “pink out” game where they wore pink jerseys to support breast cancer awareness. The Pumas faced Chandler High Oct. 18 at Chandler High, followed by the homecoming game on Oct. 26 against Gilbert High at home. —Denise Courson

Knox Knights Life lessons – From Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, Knox Knights will participate in activities that promote saying no to drugs and having good character during Red Ribbon/Character Counts Spirit Week. Family fun – Knox’s Fall Festival will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 and will feature bounce houses from AZ Air Bounce, pony rides by Carter’s Farm, face painting, a rock wall from Rock-It-Up, toy vendors, a deejay and karaoke, raffles, games and more. Live entertainment on the main stage will include performances by Knox Chorus, Ballet Folklorica, Stacy J Dancing and Yo-Yo Factory. Food will be available for purchase from Chandler BBQ, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Jamba Juice, Kona Ice, What’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn; cotton candy and soda will also be sold. Huge thanks to Party City for donating over

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$500 in prizes for the festival this year. Tickets and wristbands will go on pre-sale after fall break. Contact for more information or visit to print an order form. Shop and earn – Visit knoxpto. com and click on the Amazon link to shop and earn referral fees for Knox. Families can also link Fry’s Food cards to Knox 81212 by visiting to earn dollars for Knox with every purchase at Fry’s.

Calendar Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Red Ribbon/Character Counts Spirit Week Nov. 4-8: Book Fair Nov. 5: PTO Meeting, 3:45 p.m. Nov. 8: Fall Festival, 4:30-7:30 p.m. —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Register for Winter Classes! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for December, January and February is available at libraries and city offices as well as aquatic and recreation centers and online at Registration opens November 2 at 10 a.m. for residents, November 8 for non-residents! For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Family Zumba® Party at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. - noon

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Winter Activities!

Come and experience two hours of Zumba® with the entire family at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. This event is designed to engage the family in a fun fitness dance party! Open to ages 8 years and up. Great for all levels! TRC Daily admission rates apply. For more information please visit or call 480-782-2900.

Teen Fitness Challenge at Tumbleweed Park Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. - noon

4th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed Park Free Admission Friday, November 8, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the old west in this unique culinary competition. Competitors work from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of the 1880s cattle drives. This event is free to attend and meal tickets go on sale Saturday (11/9) at 9 a.m. at the ranch. Meal tickets are limited and sell out quickly! Visit for complete schedule and event times.


Do you have what it takes to finish our Obstacle Course built just for teens? Join us at the Day of Play event for the inaugural Teen Fitness Challenge! This multi-challenge obstacle course hosted by the Chandler Teen Programs team and put together by several organizations including the Chandler-Gilbert YMCA, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, the Chandler Fire Department, and Lifelong Fitness. Prizes will be given out to the top finishers in each of the age brackets! Times will be tracked by gender and two age categories, 12 to 14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds. There is a $15 ($21 non-resident) fee to participate. For more information contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746.

Haunted Swamp at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center Thursday, October 31, 4 - 6 p.m. Join the lifeguard staff as they transform the pool into a Haunted Swamp. Traverse the River of Doom if you dare! Show off your Halloween costumes, play in-water and on deck games. The event is held during public swim hours and the water is heated. Just in the neighborhood to trick or treat? Stop by the front window and ask for a treat! Admission is $1 children, $2.25 adults, and $1.25 seniors. For more information call 480-782-2635.

Stay Connected Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the September/October episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features the Chandler Libraries. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at listserv.html. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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