Trees-for-schools campaign ends Tuesday

Time is running out to contribute to a local campaign to plant trees in schoolyards.

The Trees for Tucson "Back to School" campaign, sponsored by Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Groupon Grassroots, will end Tuesday.

Groupon subscribers can pledge to support the initiative in increments of $10.

Each $400 will provide an area school with at least 10 new trees.

Since 1989, Trees for Tucson has provided more than 75,000 desert-adapted trees for planting at Tucson area residences and community spaces to provide shade and beautification.

For more information or to pledge your support, go to

La Paloma Academy opens south-side campus

La Paloma Academy has opened a new K-8 campus on the south side in time for the 2012-2013 school year.

The campus, 5660 S. 12th Ave., has the ability to serve 500 students.

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The charter school has 22 classrooms, two computer labs, a library, multipurpose rooms, basketball courts, playground equipment and playing fields.

Enrollment applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus far, more than 125 students will be starting school on the new campus today.

La Paloma South is offering a character-based curriculum, free full-day kindergarten, free before- and after-school care, a free breakfast program and free bus service.

For information on La Paloma, go to

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Huicochea at or 573-4175.