Donate school supplies for local teachers

School supply donations are sought to support Tucson-area teachers now through Sunday.

Tucson Values Teachers and Walgreens along with the Tucson Association of Realtors and other partners are hosting the Tucson Supplies Teachers drive.

Supplies, which can be dropped off at any Southern Arizona Walgreens, Wendy’s and Cox Communications locations , will be distributed to schools across the region. Cash donations made through

will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Last year more than $192,000 in school supplies were raised — a total that Tucson Values Teachers hopes to meet or exceed this year. “The supply drive grows every year, which is important because so does the need,” said Katie Rogerson, interim executive director of TVT.

Tucson Values Teachers is dedicated to raising the economic standing and respect levels of all district, private and charter school teachers in Southern Arizona. Its mission is to attract and retain the highest quality teachers through programs that invest, respect and reward all teachers.

Schools recognized for civic engagement

Two Tucson schools are being recognized for providing high quality civic learning.

Safford K-8 Magnet School in the Tucson Unified School District and Tanque Verde High School in the Tanque Verde Unified School District were two of 27 schools across Arizona named Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education’s Excellence in Civic Engagement program.

The program supports the role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens. Safford was named a school of merit and Tanque Verde, named a school of merit last year, was elevated to a school of distinction.

“I am inspired by the efforts that schools are demonstrating in preparing our youth to become informed engaged citizens — and future civic leaders,” said Arizona Schools Chief John Huppenthal.


graduates awarded scholarships

Two high school graduates from Tucson have been awarded $2,500 scholarships from the Border Patrol Foundation.

Kelsey Bushell, a Sabino High School alum, and Isaiah McKenna of Sovereign Grace Homeschool will both attend the University of Arizona in the fall.

Bushell is the daughter of Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent Robert and Keri Bushell. McKenna is the son of Tucson Sector Senior Border Patrol Agent Paul and Michelle McKenna.

Both scholarship winners were selected based on academic excellence, community involvement and a professional interview.

A total of 13 scholarships were awarded this year to Border Patrol dependents from 11 U.S. Border Patrol sectors and stations.

The Border Patrol Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide services and emergency financial assistance to the families of the fallen and active duty U.S. Border Patrol Agents.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.