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Salvation Army, Fry’s team up to host school supply drive

The Salvation Army and Fry’s Food Stores are teaming up to send Tucson-area students back to school with backpacks full of goods.

Starting July 10 through July 28, 12 Fry’s grocery stores will have donation drop off areas to collect binders, pencils, paper, colored pencils, glue, crayons, pencil pouches, and other school supplies.

The Back to School Backpack SOS — Support Our Students — effort will benefit kindergarten students through 12th-graders. Children from low-income families will receive backpacks fill with supplies for the upcoming school year.

For a list of the Fry’s locations participating in The Salvation Army’s Back To School Backpack SOS, visit:

12 Southern AZ teachers chosen for STEM program

Twelve Southern Arizona teachers have been selected for a leadership program run by the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office.

STEMAZing Teacher Leader Program seeks to mentor and develop teachers into becoming leaders in science, technology, engineering and math education over eight months.

Selected teachers are:

  • Kelly Blankenship of Huachuca Mountain Elementary School.
  • Yolanda Everett of Village Meadows Elementary School.
  • Georgina Georgelos of Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence.
  • Jennifer Gould of St. Michael’s School.
  • Karl Griffor and Lee Ann Howell of Colonel Smith Middle School.
  • Aimee Katz of DeGrazia Elementary School.
  • Lisa Kist of Gridley Middle School.
  • Leticia Lozano of Mansfeld Magnet Middle School.
  • Catherine Parker of Patagonia Elementary School.
  • Mike Schaefer of Presidio School.
  • Misty Walker of Satori School.

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Catalina Foothills High grad wins oratorical contest

A Tucson student won first place in an international oratorical contest.

Meena Venkataramanan, who recently graduated from Catalina Foothills High School, was named the winner of the second annual Optimist International Oratorical World Championship Contest hosted by the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University.

This year’s topic was: “What the world gains from optimism.”

Venkataramanan was sponsored by the Tucson Optimist Club.

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