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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:05 pm | Updated: 1:25 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Two schools in the Chandler Unified School District and two schools in the Mesa Unified School District will receive school supplies through the Salvation Army's 2009 Pack to School drive.

In partnership with American Express and Fry's Food Stores, the drive continues through Aug. 4 to benefit more than 20,000 students from 30 Valley schools.

More than 90 percent of students at each participating school come from low-income families.

The community can support the drive by donating school supplies at any Bank of Arizona, Fry's Food Stores or Mountainside Fitness locations. The Salvation Army is seeking supplies such as backpacks, crayons, colored markers, pens and pencils.

Information: or Melissa Axman at The Salvation Army at (602) 267-4289.

CGCC registering now for fall

Registration for fall 2009 classes at Chandler-Gilbert Community College is now under way. Students are encouraged to register early. Fall classes begin Aug. 22.

CGCC is offering a traditional daytime schedule and afternoon, evening, weekend and online or e-learning classes.

CGCC's Pecos Campus is located at Gilbert Road and Loop 202 in Chandler, and the Williams Campus is located southeast of Power Road and Loop 202 in Mesa.

For information or to register:

Schools' AIMS scores available online

AIMS scores for 2009 were released last week by the Arizona Department of Education.

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards tests students in reading, writing and math. For the first time this year, science scores are also available.

High school students are required to pass AIMS to earn a diploma.

To see how your school performed on AIMS, go to

Higley Kids Club to begin enrollment

The Higley Unified School District Kids Club Program will begin accepting enrollment for the 2009-10 school year on Monday .

To register, stop by the district office at 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Parents can download the registration forms at

The before- and after-school programming will be offered at all K-8 schools, including at the newest, Centennial Elementary School.

Kids Club opens at 6 a.m. and offers after-school programming until 6 p.m. each school day. Kids Club is also offered during all school-year breaks, with the exception of some major federal holidays.

For information, call (480 279-7055 or (480) 279-7034.

Power Ranch library open until Thursday

The Power Ranch Elementary School library will be open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until Thursday . Power Ranch Elementary is at 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert.

For more information, call (480) 279-7600.

Final week for recreation camps

This is the final week for the Higley Unified School District’s kindergarten through eighth grade recreation camps.

The basketball camps will be 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Cortina Elementary School, 19680 S. 188th St., Queen Creek, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cortina and Coronado Elementary School, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert.

The football camp will be 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday at Power Ranch Elementary School, 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert.

To register for the camps, visit

For questions, call (480) 279-7415 or e-mail

Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

For agenda information, call (480) 497-3300 or visit

Queen Creek board to meet Tuesday

The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.

The board is expected to discuss the superintendent’s contract and a proposed budget for Newell Barney Junior High School.

For more information, call (480) 987-5935 or visit

Kids invited to attend football camp

Students entering first through eighth grades are invited to the Perry Pumas Youth Football Camp.

The camp will be 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at The Grove Bible Church, 20105 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler.

The cost is $30, and walk-ups are welcome. Athletes are asked to bring their own water.

For more information, call coach Adam Schiermyer at (480) 516-1136 or e-mail

Gilbert teen lauded for volunteer efforts

Alex Bommarito, a Gilbert 18-year-old, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 years old. He has raised more than $200,000 for diabetes research, and was honored for his volunteer efforts with a $1,000 scholarship through the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program.

He is one of three Valley students who received the scholarship. Winners were selected based on initiative, leadership, creativity and generosity.

Bommarito will now qualify for one of 10 national scholarships worth $5,000. National winners will be announced at the end of July.

For more information, visit

Higley board to meet Thursday

The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

For agenda information, call (480) 279-7000 or visit

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at

Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese.

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