Sunnyside offering summer food service

2014-05-19T00:00:00Z 2014-05-19T10:42:02Z Sunnyside offering summer food serviceAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Sunnyside Unified School District is offering free breakfast and lunch over the summer to all children 18 years old and younger.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children will run weekdays from May 27 through July 25. The program will be closed July 3 and 4.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the exception of the high schools, which will provide breakfast from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Boys and Girls Club, at 5901 S. Santa Clara Ave., will also offer breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m.

Participating sites include:

  • Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road
  • Desert View High School, 4101 E. Valencia Road
  • San Xavier Education Center, 1960 W. Wa:k Lane
  • Littletown Recreation Center, 6465 S. Craycroft Road
  • Rivera Elementary School, 5102 S. Cherry Ave.
  • Ocotillo Elementary School, 5702 S. Campbell Ave.
  • Cherry Avenue Recreation Center, 5085 S. Cherry Ave., (July only)
  • Elvira Elementary School, 250 W. Elvira Road

For more information, call 545-2073.

Palo Verde robotics wins grants

Palo Verde High Magnet School’s engineering program and robotics team has been awarded two grants totaling $10,000 from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation.

Engineering teacher Ann Marie Condes wrote the grant and will use the funds to support the robotics program at Palo Verde and provide science, technology, engineering and math outreach to the community, including local elementary and middle schools.

Funding will also support robotics competitions and fund NEBULA — a mobile engineering outreach program that Condes is working on.

Glassman donates books

Former Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman stopped by the Tucson Unified School District last week with a gift for TUSD kindergartners.

Glassman and his wife Sasha, both attorneys in the Phoenix area, donated more than 4,000 children’s books to TUSD, plus an additional 865 for kindergartners in the Vail School District.

The book, “Jeremy Jack Rabbit Captures the Sun” is one of three children’s novels written by the Glassmans. All of the books are written in English and Spanish, and are illustrated by Arizona school children.

The latest book focuses on solar energy, featuring the ecology-minded rabbit. Lesson plans were also distributed to teachers to utilize with the books.

To read the books and learn more about the Jeremy Jack Rabbit series, go to

Optimists award scholarships

Two Tucson-area students have been awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Arizona District Optimist International. 

Russell Perez, a St. Cyril of Alexandria eighth-grader, was awarded the Robert McCleery Oratorical Scholarship. He was sponsored by the Tanque Verde Club of Tucson. The topic of the competition was “how my passions impact the world,” with 12 competitors from across Arizona. 

Kaylee Bowers of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, received the LaVern “Gus” Gustafson Essay Scholarship. She was sponsored by the Oro Valley Optimist Club. The topic of the essay competition was “how dreams lead to success” with entries from all over the state. 

Summer program for low income students

Imago Dei Middle School is offering a free, three-week summer environmental and recreation program for low-income children.

The Get Your Feet Wet program will run from June 2 to June 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to families with students entering grades fifth through eighth this upcoming school year. Families must be eligible for the free or reduced lunch program to qualify.

This summer’s program is a partnership with Arizona Project WET, featuring water conservation, arts and crafts, and field trips.

Space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Peggy Solís at 882-4008 or by email at

Imago Dei Middle School is located in downtown Tucson at 55 N. Sixth Avenue.

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

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