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The season of giving is back-to-school

Photo of DonorsTUSD thanks community groups and churches for giving to our schools.

Several churches and community groups have taken the time to give back to our Tucson Unified School District schools, and our students, staff, administrators and superintendent want to say thank you!
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On July 25th and August 1st, Tony Benavidez, a representative from Pantano Christian Church Serving Our Schools Program, delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to the Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence K-8 School and well as Van Buskirk Elementary.

Elements City Church lent a helping hand to Catalina High School on July 26th. Over 120 church members and Catalina High School football players showed the school some TLC by picking up trash, painting, scraping up gum and so much more in preparation for the first day of school.

Elements City Church also delivered 460 backpacks to John B Wright Elementary on Wednesday, August 5th.

Dietz K-8 and Steele Elementary schools are also receiving back to school donations. Expert Global Solutions hosted a "Stuff the Bus" event on Aug. 4 at their office, where volunteers collected back-to-school items for students.

The Educational Enrichment Foundation held a Stuff the Bus event on August 1st to help gather supplies for Tucson Unified students.
Santos Leon during his hair cut.
Santos Leon During his Haircut                      Santos Leon after his haircut
Our very own TUSD Wakefield Family Resource Center offered free back-to-school haircuts for TUSD students on July 27th. A big thank you to Celina Fierro, Danny Gamez, Nancy Parra, Desiree Cook, Timothy Thomas, Tomas Fierro, and Alyssa Gamez who donated their time and skills to making our TUSD students look spiffy for back to school!

Maria King, manager at Sienna Ridge Apartments, held a back to school backpack drive and and BBQ for children in her apartment complex. Most of the children attend Bonillas Basic Curriculum Magnet. Backpacks filled with school supplies were given away to students, while goodie bags were given away to teachers.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church is partners with TUSD schools Henry and Dietz, and provides not only school supplies, but have also helped with holiday meals, underwear, jackets, playground balls, and other items.

Volunteers from Pantano Christian Church teamed up with TUSD school's Mary Meredith, Van Buskirk, and Dodge to help with cleaning up and painting on July 25th and August 1st.Photo of Donor

Grijalva Elementary is partnering with Desert Dove to create an Adopt a Classroom program with their congregation.

On Saturday, August 8th, Monicia Porter, counselor at Hollinger K-8, and Jeffrey Sawyer, organized a back to school drive to collect supplies for TUSD schools. Staff volunteers Lacey Grijalva, Daniel Forrest, Sabrina Navarrette-Camacho, Veronica Bustamante, Daisy Michel, and Erin Collins from Hollinger K-8, and Pueblo High School student athlete Brianna Bertsch gathered school supplies for several TUSD schools, as well as the TUSD Clothing Bank.

Living Hope Church and Corpus Christi Catholic Church helped in providing school supplies to Soleng Tom and Marshall Elementary schools.

Howell has received a lot of donations from the community. J-Six Church of Christ donated 50 school supply packets and 50 reams of lined paper to the school. Seeds Community Center also donated math journals and continues to do work and upkeep on the school garden. The First Brethren Church has scheduled a "School Beautification Day" for Sunday, August 30th. Last, but not least, an anonymous donor left 20 brand new backpacks for the school.

Saguaro Canyon Church has been supporting students at Secrist Middle School. Projects include painting rooms, including the Health Office, replacing flooring, hanging AVID Noticeboardsreplaced flooring in a room, and organizing a staff breakfast each quarter. "They are such a blessing to our school," says P.E. teacher Luke van Schie, "and they go out of their way to offer their support."

To help Henry Elementary School start the year off right, St. Paul's Methodist Church, Eastside Covenant Church, East Tucson Baptist Church and the Oasis Masonic Lodge #52 all donated paper and school supplies, along with wishes for a great new school year.

These are all community partners who have year after year, made donations and provided time and energy to our school, and we greatly appreciate them!

If you know of other community groups that have helped our students, please let us know. We want to thank everyone who reaches out and supports our students. Send information to

Once again, thank you!

Pantano Christian Church Serving Our Schools Program delivers backpacks filled with school supplies to Van Buskirk students.

 Pantano Christian Church Serving Our Schools Program delivers backpacks filled with school supplies to Van Buskirk students.