Tucson girl, 7, seeks ‘kindness’ donations

A 7-year-old Tucson girl is looking to spread smiles and love to patients at University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s.

After Alejandrina Romero came home with an award from the Shyann Kindness Project with a challenge to pass kindness on, the Robison Elementary second-grader decided she wanted to make “kindness packages” for sick children and have them delivered in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Shyann Kindness Project, founded in 2006, works to serve and put smiles on the faces of underprivileged, at-risk and medically fragile children by providing fun and needed gifts while promoting and teaching kindness and acceptance of all people.

With a goal of making 30 to 50 kindness packages, Alejandrina is seeking donations of crayons, coloring books, stickers and stuffed animals. The packages will also contain a card with the same message Alejandrina received — to pass on kindness.

To donate supplies for the kindness packages, contact Alejandrina’s mother, Vanessa Ruiz, at 300-6502.

School-choice tour makes Tucson stop

A cross-country motor-coach and rail car tour in support of school choice will make a stop in Tucson Wednesday.

Hosted by National School Choice Week, the tour – which will feature 14 “whistle-stop” events from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco – will provide students, parents, educators and community leaders with the opportunity to celebrate effective education options, while calling for even greater school choice in Arizona and across the country.

The Tucson event, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road, is free, but an RSVP is requested by visiting www.schoolchoicetrain.com

National School Choice Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday, shines a spotlight on the need for all types of education options.

For information on local School Choice Week events, go to www.schoolchoiceweek.com

Enter poster contest on role of recycling

Tucson middle-schoolers are encouraged to spread the word about the importance of recycling through their artwork.

The city of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department is sponsoring the “Look What’s New With Do More Blue” Poster Contest.

Tucson students in sixth through eighth grades can create a poster that effectively and clearly highlights the importance of recycling in the city.

Themes can include topics such as recycle, reduce, reuse using the Blue Barrel, “Do More Blue,” and materials accepted at the materials recovery facility.

The winner will have his or her artwork enlarged and displayed on the side of a Tucson collection truck.

The contest is open to students in public, private, charter and home schools within the city limits. The deadline for submissions is Saturday.

Desert Christian
sets open house

Desert Christian Schools is having a middle-school information night Tuesday for prospective students and families.

The event will be held at the private school’s elementary-school campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 9415 E. Wrightstown Road.

There will be brief presentations about the school’s core values, campus tours and an opportunity to meet the middle-school staff.

For more information about the school, go to www.desertchristian.org

Student musicians invited to join contest

Student musicians are invited to apply for the 2014 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded. Additionally, the judges may select one of the winners for the Performance Award – an opportunity to solo with the orchestra in concerts on April 5 and 6.

The annual competition is open to high school students who play any orchestral instrument, including piano. The application deadline is Feb. 7. The competition will be in Tucson on March 1 and 2.

Forum to promote student success

Green Fields Country Day School is hosting a community forum for parents and teachers on empowering today’s youth.

The seminar — “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: What’s in Their Toolbox?” — will be led by Green Fields faculty Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school’s performing arts center, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra.

The event is free and open to the public. The focus will be on ways that teachers and parents can prepare children for success beyond high school.

For more information, call Green Fields at 297-2288.

Compiled by reporter Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.