Camp Cooper

Since 1964, more than 130,000 kids have attended Camp Cooper to learn about the Sonoran Desert environment. “It’s an experience you can’t replicate,” says Janine Malkin, teacher at Lineweaver Elementary.

Ryan Revock / for the Arizona Daily Star 2014

Camp Cooper has embarked on its second major fundraising campaign to cover staffing and operations costs.

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning provides overnight experiences in the desert to elementary and middle school students from across the region.

Operated as a partnership between the Tucson Unified School District and the University of Arizona College of Education, Camp Cooper relies on about $100,000 in community funding raised through grants and donations.

Last year’s fundraising campaign brought in more than $80,000 in just four months. This time, the center hopes to raise at least $20,000 by the end of the month for the 2016-17 school year.

Donations can be made online at For more information, visit

I-Ridge student gets award for helping vets

An Ironwood Ridge High School student will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society.

Allison Lopez will be honored during the 10th annual Patriotic Gala on Saturday in Scottsdale as part of a program that celebrates nonmilitary individuals and institutions whose actions have contributed to the benefit and well-being of the military, veterans and their families.

Teacher going to Peru for 10-day field study

A third-grade teacher from Tucson is heading to Peru this summer for an international field study.

Janice Autenreith, who teaches at Homer Davis Elementary School, is one of 31 public school teachers chosen by the National Education Association as a Global Learning Fellow.

She and other fellows will travel to Cuzco, Peru, for 10 days. She will also take a year-long online professional development course to understand global competence.

TUSD superintendent tabbed as one to watch

TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez has been named a winner of the 2015-16 Superintendents to Watch program.

Sanchez was nominated for the National School Public Relations Association award by Tucson Unified School District Communications Director Stefanie Boe.

The program is recognizes superintendents with fewer than five years experience who are using communication technology in innovative and effective ways.

Two dozen superintendents were recognized.

Applicants sought for scholarship honoring deceased student

Southern Arizona high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Valerie McGregor Scholarship.

The award is open to girls who are active in school athletics or student government, and honors the memory of Valerie McGregor, a former Mountain View High School athlete and student government leader.

McGregor died in 2006 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident. The deadline to apply is April 18. For more information, visit

Compiled by reporters Alexis Huicochea and Yoohyun Jung. Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter: @AlexisHuicochea

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