McDonald's to give away backpacks on Saturday

McDonald's restaurants across the state will give away thousands of backpacks Saturday to help children get ready for school.

The free backpacks will be given to the first 100 school-aged children who visit their local McDonald's starting at 8 a.m.

McDonald's located inside Walmarts and malls are excluded.

Youths can design stamps for Tucson's birthday

Local youth are invited to participate in the annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Competition.

The winning design will be printed on U.S. custom postage.

The contest is open to children ages 5 to 15. Prizes will be awarded to the top five winners in each age category.

For guidelines and to print out an entry form, go to

Entry forms can also be picked up at the Postal History Foundation, 920 N. First Ave., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 1.

Eastpointe welcomes prospective families

Eastpointe High School is holding an information session Thursday for prospective students and families.

The session will run from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m at the charter school, 8495 E. Broadway.

For more information on the school, go to

To RSVP, call 731-8180.

Manzo Elementary offering tours of school

Manzo Elementary School is hosting an open house July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Families will be able to meet Principal Mark Alvarez along with the Manzo teachers. Tours of the campus, including the on-site gardens and animal habitats, will be conducted.

To learn more about the school, 855 N. Melrose Ave., and its ecology focus, go to

Desert Christian earns state honor for athletics

Desert Christian High School was awarded the Arizona Interscholastic Activities Director's Cup for the second time in six years.

The honor recognizes overall excellence in extracurricular activities and character development of students.

Desert Christian High School first received the award in 2007.

The school's basketball coach, Iram Alday, was also named coach of the year by the AIA.

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