Education notes: Backpack, school-supply giveaway at Sunday Bash, and more

2013-07-29T00:00:00Z Education notes: Backpack, school-supply giveaway at Sunday Bash, and moreAleix Huicochea Aleix Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Back 2 School Bash is Sunday at TCC

Tucson Church International is hosting a Back 2 School Bash Sunday for TUSD students.

The event - from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. - is free.

Thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away.

Similar events were held for Amphitheater and Flowing Wells school districts last week.

The Back 2 School Bash is presented by Tucson Church International, Reach 2 Raise Inc. and GAP Ministries.

The goal is to give out more than 10,000 backpacks to Title I elementary school students.

For more information, go to www.B2SB-Tucson.org

SW-side bus center is opened by TUSD

TUSD's new transportation center on the southwest side is expected to save the district $7,000 annually.

The Westside Transportation Center, 4750 W. Jeffrey Road, opened Wednesday. It is the culmination of the 2004 bond program - a voter-approved initiative that brought $235 million to TUSD to improve schools and operational functions.

The location will allow 80 buses to begin their routes closer to the students they serve. Previously, buses ran out of the east side and central transportation centers.

The new center will save the Tucson Unified School District 475,000 miles, 73,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 35,000 staff hours.

The 10-acre site was acquired through a partnership with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. TUSD spent $5.2 million in bond funding to build the facility near West Valencia Road and South Camino de Oeste.

School-supply drive seeks donated items

Tucson Values Teachers is holding its annual "Tucson Supplies Teachers" drive.

The organization is working with Walgreens, the Tucson Association of Realtors, Jim Click Automotive, KVOA News 4 and other local businesses to prevent teachers from having to dig into their own pocketbooks to buy classroom supplies.

School supplies can be dropped off now through Aug. 11 at any area Walgreens or Peter Piper Pizza. The supplies will be distributed across all district, private and charter schools in Southern Arizona.

Cash donations are also accepted online at www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org and at Walgreens. Cash donations will be matched dollar for dollar by Walgreens to purchase basic classroom supplies at cost.

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

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