Education Notes

Help out teachers by donating supplies

You can help offset the high cost of school supplies, which many teachers pay for out of their own pockets.

Tucson Values Teachers, a regional initiative to make local salaries nationally competitive within five years, has teamed up with Walgreens drugstores in Pima County and Sierra Vista for the Tucson Supplies Teachers program.

Through Oct. 16, the stores will host collection boxes for items such as notebooks, pencils and crayons.

Executive Director Jacquelyn Jackson estimates that teachers spend $500 to $1,000 annually for basic classroom supplies, a news release says. "Now, factor that into being underpaid already. It's a sad situation that we hope the Tucson Supplies Teachers program can help fix."

Find a list of participating drugstores at www.

Five schools in the Tucson Unified School District already have received some help with school supplies.

Citigroup employees donated more than 12,000 new school supply items to Schumaker, Banks, Reynolds and Duffy elementary schools, as well as to Lawrence Intermediate School.

Youth forum focuses on community issues

If you're between the ages of 13 and 24, and you want to talk about community issues, come to the community gathering Oct. 8 at the Rialto Theatre.

Every Voice in Action, a private foundation, will host the forum. The foundation is a youth-adult partnership that encourages youth activism. The forum will include a screening of youth-produced short videos, including a documentary asking youths about common issues and concerns.

The evening also will include conversations with City Councilwoman Regina Romero and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias about current issues.

The free event will be held at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Judith Anderson, Every Voice in Action Foundation, at 1-520-615-2100 or e-mail judith@everyvoicefoundation. org.

Wind drives generator built by Kino student

Students and teachers at Kino School hoisted a student-built wind-powered generator onto the roof of the school in early September.

In a moderate wind, it generates more than 12 volts and up to 700 watts of electricity.

Ethan Nichols, who graduated from Kino School in May and is now attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, built the generator as his senior project, working through the summer with the school's shop teacher to construct the roof mounting.

Every senior at the north-side school must complete a senior project.

Other projects have included building a water-harvesting system for gardens on the property, creating art portfolios or choreographing a dance performance.

The generator, which cost about $700 in supplies, is being donated to the school.

The school is contemplating using it to power its new greenhouse or to charge the batteries for other student inventions, such as battery-powered vehicles.

Howenstine Magnet gets $22K in grants

Howenstine High Magnet School has received two grants from the Arizona Department of Education totaling $22,500.

The grants encourage "service learning," which links academic content to the development of civic skills.

The school, at 555 S. Tucson Blvd., is starting to plan for the year's activities.

Among them: planting a community garden, launching a pet food drive, designing mosaic benches for public art, visiting hospitals and increasing recycling efforts.

Credit: The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

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