Coats for Kids effort
to aid district students

New and gently used coats are being collected for children in the Sunnyside Unified School District now through January.

The Tucson Chapter of Executive Women International is holding its fourth annual Coats for Kids drive, collecting jackets for children in preschool through 12th grade. Last year, the group collected more than 650 coats.

Coats can be donated seven days a week, anytime at Animal Emergency Service, 4832 E. Speedway, or at any other business displaying a “Coats for Kids” poster. For more information, call 327-5624.

The number of children who qualify for free and reduced lunch in the Sunnyside district ranges by campus from 70 percent to as high as 96 percent. Last year, more than 1,500 Sunnyside students were identified as having experienced homelessness.

Marana High preschool now enrolling kids

The Early Childhood Education program at Marana High School is enrolling children ages 3½ and 4 in the Tiger Cub Preschool.

High school students who work in the program, under the guidance of certified staff, work directly in the development and implementation of daily lesson plans and activities around a weekly theme.

Tiger Cub Preschool begins Feb. 17 and runs for 12 weeks. Hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday from 9 to 11:50 a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The program runs concurrently with the Marana High School spring calendar, with no preschool on Friday, AIMS test days and school holidays.

The cost for the 12-week preschool program is $50. Children must have current immunizations and be potty-trained to participate.

For more information, contact Peggy Korte or Alissa Gopp at 616-6400, Ext. 5465 or email:

Desert Sky school hosting open house

Desert Sky Community School is hosting an open house Saturday for prospective families and students.

The charter school currently serves grades K-4 but plans to add fifth grade next year. It draws on the Waldorf method of instruction, which emphasizes teaching appropriate to the child’s developmental level.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the midtown charter school, 1350 N. Arcadia Ave.

For more information, call 745-3888 or go to

100 teens participate in health summit

More than 100 teens from Pima and Cochise counties participated in a Healthy Lifestyles leadership summit Tuesday.

The teens — 4-H youth ambassadors — are part of Student Wellness Advocacy Teams, “SWAT” programs, at their schools.

The summit focused on educating youth about leadership skills that include problem-solving, trust and communication to improve their ability to be health ambassadors in their communities.

Students also participated in nutrition lessons and interactive discussions aimed at helping improve healthy living among youth and families in the state.

The event was part of “Eat4-Health” partnership between Arizona 4-H Council and UnitedHealthcare, aimed at activating thousands of youth nationwide to help fight obesity.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea.

Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.