Girl Scouts work with Hospice of the Valley

Jan. 9 marked the beginning of Girl Scout cookie sales, and Brownie Girl Scouts of Troop 774 are working towards a successful sales season.

The scouts are also partnering with Hospice of the Valley for its Gift of Caring Program this year, which allows customers to donate boxes of cookies to organizations or community members. Hospice of the Valley was chosen by one of the scouts in Troop 774 because Hospice helped her grandmother. Hospice helped prepare fliers and posters for the Brownies.

Cheryl Thomas, associate director of fund development, along with volunteers with therapy dogs visited the troop meeting to educate the girls on Hospice’s mission and services.

 

Desai, Redshaw among Kyrene’s best spellers

The Kyrene School District Spelling Bee was held Jan. 13 at the Ben Furlong Center in Tempe. Each participating Kyrene school sent the 21 top spellers in fourth to eighth grades to participate.

Nina Desai, an eighth-grader at Kyrene Centennial Middle School, placed fourth; and Caleb Redshaw, a fourth-grader at Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School, came in fifth place.

The top five winners in the District Spelling Bee advance to the Regional Spelling Bee set for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Tempe Elementary School District Office, 3205 S. Rural Road. Kyrene students will participate with district winners from Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and surrounding private, charter and home school organizations.

The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will participate in the Arizona Sate Spelling Bee to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place in Washington D.C.

For more details, call Nikki Johnson at (480) 783-1652.

 

Ahwatukee Rotary Club to participate in international trip to fight polio

The Ahwatukee Foothills Rotary Club will celebrate the 105th anniversary of Rotary on Feb. 23 by partnering with three Arizona Rotary Districts and a district from California to help eradicate polio.

Fifty Rotarians will travel by bus to Hermosillo, Mexico, on Feb. 19 to partner with the Mexican government to go door-to-door to immunize 800 children in one weekend. The global eradication of polio is a main focus for Rotary International, and the Ahwatukee Foothills Rotary Club is part of the expedition.

The Ahwatukee Foothills Rotary meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Everyone with a passion for serving their community and world is invited to attend.

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