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Michelle Reese covers education for the Tribune and blogs about motherhood and family issues at Contact her at

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:45 am | Updated: 1:12 pm, Tue Jul 3, 2012.

Students at Chandler’s San Marcos Elementary School may have a few more books to talk about by the time summer ends.

The third- through sixth-grade children are taking part in the Maricopa County Education Service Agency’s Reading for the Stars Home Connection program. Through funding from the Tohono O’odham Nation, the students receive a book at home, which they get to keep. And once a parent or guardian signs off that the student understood the book, a new one is sent, with children receiving up to eight books this summer.

Many of these children may not have a home library or easy access to a public library, so this encourages literacy development, keeping summer time a time for learning.

Apache Junction schools seek volunteers

Nearly 5,000 students will start school in the Apache Junction Unified School District in August.

But before then, the district is asking for volunteers to commit to giving students – and their teachers – a hand.

Required applications are available at the district office, 1575 W. Southern Ave., or any school office.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license to be eligible. Other requirements for new volunteers may include references, fingerprinting and a Department of Public Safety background check. Returning volunteers must fill out a new information and policy form to be eligible for the 2012-13 school year.

Last year, the district saw more than 200 volunteers give of their time. For more information, contact the district at (480) 982-1110.

Staples, join to help EV youth

With just weeks before classes start again in East Valley schools, two groups are joining forces to help underprivileged kids get their supplies in hand.

Supplies donated through and Staples will be given to Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley as part of the fifth annual Staples for Students supply drive.

Through Sept. 15, items can be donated at three Gilbert Staples locations: 865 E. Baseline Road, 1455 E. Warner Road, and 5382 S. Power Road.

Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $2 million nationwide.

Follow East Valley Education News on Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest? One of the latest social media sites to take off in popularity, Pinterest allows users to create boards where they “pin” videos, images and other objects.

We decided to dive in and see what this pinning craze is all about. And so we’ve created four boards: Our Schools, Reading is Learning, Mom Mania, and Those who can – Teach!

Come visit us at You never know what you might find there!

• School Notes are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Read more school news at, and follow us on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@EVEdnews).

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