Ahwatukee Foothills residents (from left) Alene Johnson, Dell Taylor, Ester Jack (not facing camera) Pat Aires and Marguerite Arnote work on the \"big sock.

Primrose School collects 26,000 cans

On Nov. 20, the preschool children from the Primrose School of Ahwatukee donated their collection of 26,000 cans to St. Vincent St. DePaul Food Bank.

Valley Primrose schools combined contributed 38,000 cans. Primrose set the bar high as the largest school donation in the history of the Ben and Matt Million Can Crusade. Students unloaded their food purchases and can by can handed them up to KNIX radio hosts Ben and Matt, who were accepting the items in the St. Vincent DePaul truck.

This donation comes when American families find themselves in critical need as men, women and children face hunger. According to Feeding America, in recent years approximately 36.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households – 23.8 million adults and 12.4 million children.

Recently students combined their earnings, collected from friends and neighbors, and hit the aisles of local supermarkets as part of Primrose’s “Caring and Giving” activities. As part of Primrose Schools’ Balanced Learning program, this event helps students understand the value of generosity and creates a hands-on approach to math, nutrition and planning skills. 


Residents help make soon-to-be Guinness World Record largest sock

What ties together cities like Portland, Ore.; Rochester, N.Y.; Anchorage, Ala.; San Diego, Calif.; Napa, Idaho; Dickson, Tenn.; and Tempe, Ariz.? These are just a few of the places that the “big sock” has traveled on its journey to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest sock ever made. 

How large does a sock need to be to break the current Guinness World Record? The current record is held by the Sheep Farmers Association of Austria and measures 16 feet from the toe of the sock to the cuff (top) with a 14 foot height from the heel to the cuff and a circumference of six feet. 

The big sock will be at Tempe Yarn & Fiber, 1415 E. University Drive, Tempe, through mid-December. The shop’s goal is to add two feet to the height of the sock before sending it to its next stop in Ohio. Anyone who wants to help set the new record is invited to visit Tempe Yarn & Fiber to knit on the soon-to-be world’s biggest sock. 

For more information, call (480) 557-9166 or e-mail tempeyarn@gmail.com.


Club members share love of gardening with preschoolers

Digging in dirt, planting flowers and seeds and watering their efforts all means fun for three-, four- and five-year-old preschool children.

Four members from the Desert Pointe Garden Club recently visited Summit School of Ahwatukee to work on a garden project with preschool children in Suchi Roy’s and Laura Otradovec’s class.

Club members first gave instructions to the preschoolers on how to plant and care for a flower garden. Then, everyone went outside to special garden boxes built on the preschool playground. The children planted annual flowers, daffodil bulbs and did a special “make a wish” throwing of wildflower seeds over their shoulders.

Desert Pointe Garden Club will be working with the pre-school children on future garden projects ... perhaps a butterfly or hummingbird garden.

For more information on Desert Pointe Garden Club, visit its Web page on the Arizona Federation of Garden Club’s Web site at www.azgardenclub.org, then click on “Members Clubs.”


Williams wins state chess championship

Mountain Pointe High School student John Williams recently won all six rounds at the AIA State Chess Championship to take home the first-place trophy and win the 2009 State Chess Championship. The event was held Nov. 20 and 21 at Tempe Corona del Sol High School.

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