Category Archives: FUN photos from school

Barefoot shoe drive

Islands Elementary School students in Gilbert participated in the TOMS shoes  “One Day Without Shoes” event with a shoe drive that product 300 pairs of shoes for UMOM, a Phoenix homeless shelter for families.

To get them started on the correct foot they went without shoes for a day in their classrooms to focus their attention on what it is like to go without shoes as many children around the world do, risking disease, infection and injury.


FUN photos from school: more Centennial celebrations

Olga Garcia from Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Preschool and School in Gilbert sent these pictures from Arizona Centennial celebrations last week.

Mrs. Wornick's kindergarten students created a desert scene and a birthday cake. From left: Marlow Bowser, Jacob Kelly, Jayln Sickels and Sam Cavinder.

The Student Council gave everyone in the school a paper square. Each family/student took their square and made a picture of why they love Arizona. Student Council members came to school on a Saturday and put the squares together to make a paper quilt, which they hung it from a second-story walkway for all to see as they enter the school. From left: Darius Williams, Gabey Garcia, Lexi Ermeling, Hannah Drager, Lauren Plihcik, Sue Coryea and Natalie Nielson.

Fun photos from school: Centennial celebrations at Gilbert Public Schools

Seventh-grade students at Desert Ridge Junior High in Mesa were given the assignment to come up with creative ways to commemorate Arizona’s 100-year birthday. Projects ranged from 100 flags in front of the school to a quilt made by students to 100 acts of kindness.

Julie Rainwater’s class re-created the Arizona state flag in a desert setting using the five C’s: cotton, copper, climate, citrus, and cattle. Another project was to complete 100 acts of kindness.

Left to right: Samantha Schuelke, Rylee May and Fatima Rahim.

Collin Coyle-Brinkmeyer stands in front of a sign labeled with the 100 good deeds students had done in the last month.

The main hallway at Carol Rae Ranch Elementary in Gilbert showcased an enormous centennial paper quilt with 702 squares designed by students and other centennial posters and projects. The PTSO provided 10 birthday cakes so everyone could have a piece.

Carol Rae Ranch Principal Geane Flournoy and fourth-graders (from left) Caitlyn Strauss, Xavier Rollier, Abrey Huso, Kent Garner and Spencer Holt.

Meridian Elementary preschool classroom kicked off its study of Arizona’s desert with a visit from Wildman Phil of Desert Wildlife Presentations. He showed the children a variety of native reptiles and desert dwellers, starting with scorpions and tarantulas and moving up to lizards, king snakes and tortoises. The children were able to hold and touch most of the animals as they learned about their habitats and diets.

The highlight came when Phil brought out a giant python named Patches. Although the python isn’t native to Arizona, the children were fascinated with her enormous size, and the fact that it took the entire class to hold her.

Students in Gwynne Fullmer’s preschool class holding Patches the python. From left: Logan Kirshman, Jazelle Leavitt, Sayanette Gomez, Annabelle Betush, Neve Portnoy, Daenon Davis, and Madisyn Davis.

All photos courtesy of Gilbert Public Schools.

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FUN photos from schools-Reptiles!

Christ Church School students got an up-close and personal view of reptiles this week. Deb’s Dragon’s, which has a working relationship with all manner of critters that crawl, slither, hop and skitter, brought the creatures by for a visit.

FUN photos from school – a Chinese New Year celebration

New Vistas Center for Education joined its Asian families in a schoolwide celebration of Chinese New Year. The event last week included an elaborate parade involving about 180 students.

Students learned about the traditions, dress and history surrounding this most important family festivity on the Asian calendar. New Vistas is home to hundreds of Asian children from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Philippines and Vietnam.

New Vistas is a private pre-school through sixth grade from August to May and a preschool through high school June through August. It is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave. #35 in Chandler. It is currently celebrating its 32nd anniversary.

Lila Le

John Ovelil

Hayden Young

Allison Li

FUN photos from school: Stories, milk and cookies with the Cards

Cardinals center Ryan Bartholomew reads to an attentive audience.

Arizona Cardinals center Ryan Bartholomew and team mascot Big Red visited Sonoma Ranch Elementary in Gilbert to read to students and enjoy some milk and cookies. Students from Betty Nguyen’s first-grade class, along with second-graders in Sonia Epstein’s class, listened to three holiday stories as part of the Milk and Cookies program sponsored by SRP and Safeway. The player then joined the awestruck students for a snack.

The season-long program is designed to promote literacy in local elementary schools. Each week a group of about 50 students are read to by a Cardinals player and participate in activities with Big Red. The Arizona Cardinals Football Club provides the reader and an autographed bookmark; and Safeway provides the milk and cookies.

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Cardinals mascot Big Red enjoys hearing stories, too.

Milk and cookies with a a really big (6'1", 310-pound) reading proponent.

Fun photos found factchecking

One of the more tedious (but absolutely necessary) tasks of factchecking our annual Schools, etc. education guide is verifying that the website URLs schools provided are accurate and working.

Don’t laugh. The most well-meaning administrators can accidently type “.com” instead of “.org” — or leave out a letter or two — while typing a URL into a questionnaire. They may not know it, but we’ve got their backs.

Wacky Wednesday at 91st Psalm Christian School in Phoenix.

Our 2012 book goes to the printer on Friday. So while Calendar & Directories Editor Mala Blomquist spent much of Monday troubleshooting questions that arose during proofreading, I picked up the URL checking.

Quite unexpectedly, the task became kind of enjoyable — a process of discovering some of the whimsical and creative things that are happening at Valley schools as I visited their websites and Facebook pages.

We like to run “Friday FUN Photos from School” in this blog each week. (Send yours to Consider this one a bonus. I needed something fun to keep myself on task. —Karen Barr

Not sure I want to know what this goopy stuff is, but the kids at BeiBei Amigos Language School in Phoenix were clearly having a ball with it. Might be good therapy for weary editors?

Garden planting day at Natural Choice Academy in Phoenix.

Thanksgiving hats at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory in Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash is a big contributor to Educare Arizona in Phoenix but during the school's grand opening event he just looked too big for the slide.