Girl Scouts help the homeless
Members from Girl Scout Troop 470 made scarves and hats for the homeless as a winter service project. The troop also assembled 35 hygiene bags with socks, hats, gloves, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gum, and more to be distributed to the homeless by a church in Tempe. Many thanks to the generous donations from the Girl Scouts’ families and to Dr. Hatch for providing the toothbrushes.
The girls are in the seventh grade at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School.
Medina a winner in Bus Stuff Art Contest
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jaylene Rashell Medina is one of the winners in the Fifth Annual Third Grade Bus Stuff Art Contest, and her picture and drawing will be included in the 2010 calendar to be distributed Valleywide. A best of show and 12 winners were selected from 670 entries from talented third-graders around the Valley.
The mission of transit education is to promote various modes of transportation by communicating the benefits of Valley Metro’s programs and services to any group.
Medina is a third-grader in Mrs. Schubert’s class at Ahwatukee Foothills Prep. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Damian Medina.
Anderson is a top ER doc
Dr. Mark Anderson has been selected as one of four “Top Doc” Emergency Room Doctors for the state of Texas for 2009.
He is the son of Robert and Donna Anderson of Ahwatukee Foothills and resides with his wife and children in Tyler, Texas.
ARW installs officers for new year
Ahwatukee Foothills residents, elected officials and candidates joined the Ahwatukee Republican Women for their annual Christmas Party and Installation of Officers held recently at the home of Brian and Debbie Smith.
National Federation of Republican Women fourth vice president, Rae Lynne Chornenky, an Arizona resident, conducted the installation ceremony.
The 2010 Board of Officers are Loraine Pellegrino, president; Mary Baumbach, 1st VP programs; Christine Opheim, VP membership; Debbie Smith, third VP fundraising; Mary Ann Reith, treasurer; Carol Wilson, recording secretary; and Jill Perry, corresponding secretary.
The Ahwatukee Republican Women’s club is affiliated with the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women, which is America’s foremost political organization bringing together women to positively influence the direction of our nation. In addition to political education and participation, the club’s platform includes community service and literacy.
‘Knights Kids’ event helps 20 children
The Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus Council 10062 and In Country Vietnam Veterans shared in sponsorship of this year’s “Knights Kids” event held recently at the JC Penney store in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Twenty students from the Frank School in Guadalupe were accompanied by volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and In Country Vietnam as they selected clothing items.
On hand again this year was Alicia Blanco, the current Miss USA Arizona. Normalicia Blanco, Alicia’s mother, coordinated the selection and transportation of the students to the JC Penney store.
The Knights wish to thank In Country Vietnam Veterans for joining in this event. Also, a big thanks to JC Penney store manager Bill Ahern and the very helpful and pleasant associates. In addition to their clothing, each child was treated to refreshments and a commemorative gift provided by JC Penney.
St. John Bosco gets snow for 6th year in a row
Fifteen tons of snow recently blew into the courtyard at St. John Bosco Interparish School as part of the sixth annual Winter Wonderland, an event hosted by the school’s Moms’ Club. More than 400 members of the school community, along with friends and family, enjoyed romping in snow and an occasional snow ball exchange.
In addition to the snow, Winter Wonderland also featured a pancake breakfast served by the school’s Dads’ Club, a holiday boutique with over 20 local vendors, raffle prizes and a visit and photo with Santa Claus. The event also included a street hockey tournament and a children’s boutique to help the little ones shop for Christmas – two new activities this year. The candy cane decoration theme transformed the school campus into a red and white wonderland.
The Moms’ Club selects a charity each year to provide assistance during the holidays as part of its stewardship program. This year’s charity is Jamma Jingles, a nonprofit in Scottsdale that provides new pajamas to children ages newborn to 17 who are in need. Dozens of pajamas were collected at Winter Wonderland through the generosity of the school community.
Winter Wonderland is the only fundraising event sponsored by the Moms’ Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the school. The Moms’ Club has purchased outdoor table and chairs, P.E. equipment and materials for the after-school care program from previous Winter Wonderland events. This year’s proceeds are expected to help purchase new equipment for the school kitchen.
Corporate sponsors for this year’s event were ADM Group, D.L. Withers Construction, Fry’s Food and Drug Stores, Safeway, Sara Lee Corporation (Joe and Kim Cecere), Shamrock Foods, Starbucks Coffee at Ray Road and Loop 101 and Ray Road and 54th Street in Chandler and Woolaver ClearSmiles Orthodontics.
The Moms’ Club is a social and spiritual support group for all the mothers at St. John Bosco Interparish School. The nationally accredited school is located at 16035 S. 48th St. and is part of the Diocese of Phoenix. The school serves 560 students from all parts of the East Valley and is approaching its 10-year anniversary in 2010.
DV hockey team adopts families
The Desert Vista High School hockey team adopted two families for the holidays again this year.
MOMS Club host toy drive
The Northwest Chapter of the Ahwatukee MOMS Club hosted a Toys for Tots drive and craft day at Thunderhill Park on Dec. 4.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are YMCA champs
Summit School of Ahwatukee seventh- and eighth-grade girls are the YMCA Volleyball Champions for the fall 2009 season.
St. John Bosco collects pajamas for worthy cause
Dozens of new pajamas have been collected by St. John Bosco Interparish School students for “Jamma Jingles,” an annual pajama drive to benefit children from newborn to 17 years of age, this holiday season.
Magical Builders, a nonprofit charity based in Scottsdale, sponsors the annual pajama drive and will distribute the pajamas to Catholic Charities, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Crisis Nursery and Florence Crittenton – to name just a few of the nonprofits in the Valley that serve children.
The pajama drive was conducted during the school’s Winter Wonderland fundraising event, held earlier this month.
MEA kindergartners hold food drive
Montessori Educare Academy’s Kindergarten Class of 2010 organized a canned food drive to benefit the Mountain Park Community Church Food Pantry.
The group of 11 kindergartners collected over 350 items to donate to the food pantry. Items collected over the last two weeks included a wide range of canned food, dry goods and baby formula.
The Food Drive culminated Dec. 17 at MEA’s seventh annual Cookies and Carols Concert, in which students ages 12 months to 6 years performed a variety of holiday songs for friends and family.
Mountain Park Community Church’s Food Pantry serves an average of four to seven families daily. This food drive is part of Montessori Educare Academy’s continuing effort to educate the students on compassion and community service. The kindergartners were completely responsible and involved in the organization, advertising, collection, transport and stocking of the food pantry. Pastor Greg Battle from the church assisted the children in the stocking process and explained how the pantry serves our local community needs.
Montessori Educare Academy is located at 1244 E. Chandler Blvd.
For further information, call (480) 283-8885.
Members of the Pecos Senior Center recently donated $250 checks to the Corpus Christi group of St. Vincent de Paul and also to the St. Mary’s Food Bank.