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Dietz Kindness March collects food for neighbors in need

Dietz Elementary sent their students on Thanksgiving Break in grand fashion on Wednesday, November 25th, with three outstanding events for their entire student body.

Dietz kicked the day off with a Kindness March, where the students held a parade around the Dietz neighborhood collecting food donations for GVR Connect and the East Tucson Neighborhood Food Pantry. Following the parade was an assembly honoring donations made to Tu Nidito, a non-profit that aids children dealing with different forms of grief. Lastly, each grade ran in a turkey trot with the winners taking home turkeys donated by Walmart.

The march around the neighborhood for donations was originally called the Peace March and has been a Dietz tradition for many years. Once a partnership was formed with a local church that teamed Dietz up with GVR Connect, it was renamed The Kindness March. Debbie Struble, executive director of GVR Connect, was floored by the effort on behalf of Dietz, highlighted by their principal.

"Mrs. Emerson, she is so amazing at getting the children and the community together to help each other," Mrs. Struble said. "It's just a joy to see them partnering with their community to help meet the needs of those that are hungry here on the east side of Tucson."

GVR Connect presented an award to Dietz at an assembly following the parade. Also at the assembly, Dietz Dean of Students Bill Voice announced classes and individuals who raised the most money in the fundraiser for Tu Nidito. Single winners earned a Tu Nidito bike jersey and class winners were awarded a pizza party. Overall, the fundraiser brought in over $2,000 for Tu Nidito.

The assembly was brought to a close with performances by the Dietz orchestra, band and choir. Following the performances, each grade lined up for a turkey trot, with winners securing a turkey. Over 20 turkeys were given out by members of local Walmart chains, which were responsible for the donations.