Garden Club members partner with Summit students on projects
Last November, members from the Desert Pointe Garden Club began working on a series of garden projects with students at the Summit School of Ahwatukee. Participating in the garden projects are children from teachers Suchi Roy and Laura Otradovec’s class.
The first project was one in which the children were involved in a “make a wish” wildflower seed over-the-shoulder throw. Today, the gardens are lush with greenery and wildflowers ready to bloom.
The most recent garden club project with the preschoolers was in putting together a hummingbird garden. The children were given a lesson on hummingbirds and how to attract them to a garden. Then several hummingbird plants were planted and a feeder and a nest-building supply cage were set up in the garden.
Desert Pointe Garden Club members will visit with the preschool children periodically to help them care for and appreciate their new hummingbird garden.
Meuth graduates from Missouri S&T
Ryan James Meuth of Ahwatukee Foothills was one of approximately 600 candidates to receive a degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, during commencement ceremonies Dec. 19. He received a master’s degree in computer engineering.
Pilcher named to Dean’s List
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Darren J. Pilcher achieved academic distinction during the fall term and has been named to the Dean’s List at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the semester.
Van Vianen, Woodmansee are engaged
Alex and Val Van Vianen of Ahwatukee Foothills have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Kate, to Morgan Robert Woodmansee, son of Mark and Mary Woodmansee, also of Ahwatukee Foothills.
The bride- and bridegroom-to-be are both 2005 graduates of Mountain Pointe High School. The bride-to-be will graduate in May from the University of Arizona with a master of science degree in speech, language and hearing sciences. The bridegroom-to-be graduated in 2009 from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
A November 2010 wedding is planned.
Valentine Boutique raises money for DV Grad Night
A Valentine Boutique took place recently to support Desert Vista High School’s Grad Night, and more than $1,500 was raised. Seventeen vendors were on hand, and more than 100 guests mingled and shopped while enjoying food and wine.
Artwork to accompany items for soldiers overseas
Creative Kids Art Club, founded by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Teresa Mouffe, is dedicated to encourage children to believe in their own individual form of creative artistic expression. Her intention is to inspire children to trust that there are no mistakes in art.
In an effort to expand participation and contribute something positive to the community and the student body, Mouffe has invited the students of Sonoran Science Academy to assist her club with an outreach project. Creative Kids Art Club, in collaboration with the Ahwatukee Recreation Center and Luke Air Force Base, has planned a project in which each student will create an artistic card and write a letter of support, inspiration or encouragement to a member of the United States Armed Forces currently stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Creative Kids Art Club intends to create 200 cards for this project by early March.
In the soldier support program called Operation Thunder, the Ahwatukee Recreation Center is collecting donations of playing cards, personal-sized toiletries, personal-sized snack items and more through March 15 to be packaged along with a Creative Kids card. Luke Air Force Base will then send the packages overseas.
To donate items, contact Amy Nicholls at (480) 893-2549.
Anderson chosen for Valley Teen Leadership program
Ahwatukee Foothills resident and Horizon Honors High School junior Ayla Anderson has been selected for the prestigious Valley Teen Leadership program, which provides high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, educate themselves about the community and explore solutions to local issues impacting their lives.
Fifty students across the Valley were selected for the program. Now in its 14th year, the premier teen leadership program includes an orientation, one-day retreat, six program days and a graduation celebration.
Teen participants will have an opportunity to interact on a regular basis with key adult leaders in the Valley and will be educated on ways in which they can serve their communities through topical speakers, on-site visits and discussions.
For more information on Valley Leadership, visit www.valleyleadership.org.
Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award
Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 2292 recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School fifth-graders Alexandra Gutierrez, Abigail Kany, Rebecca Kim, Avery Strachan and Ryann Yount dedicated more than 22 hours each in planning, organizing and collecting nearly 500 items, which they donated to the Arizona Humane Society.
The Pawz Spa and PETCO allowed the girls to place collection boxes at their businesses for community members to drop off donations. The girls also canvased their neighborhoods collecting items from neighbors.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn, requires her to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world and becoming the best she can be.
For more information on joining Girl Scouts and/or to volunteer, contact Mag at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 228-6551.
Girl Scouts participate in World Thinking Day
Girl Scouts from Troop 2140 recently participated in World Thinking Day to show how much they value friendship and awareness of the global community. Each year Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters and volunteers gather at this event to learn about new cultures and international friendship.
Friendship is one of the core ideals the Girl Scouts focus on as an organization, and this year Girl Scouts learned about a variety of destinations such as Spain, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and France.
Each troop had the option to represent a country by hosting a booth, and travel from country to country exploring other cultures. Those hosting a booth created an informational display highlighting their chosen country’s culture, geography and products. The girls also sampled food from different countries, played games, danced and got henna tattoos. There was also a display of a traditional Muslim prayer ritual.
Each girl received a patch for her vest or sash for participating in World Thinking Day.
Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community – one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Montessori students win CGCG essay contest
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori kindergartners swept the Grand Canyon State Games Essay Award Contest.
Sadhana Kumar’s essay, “Character Counts,” won the Gold medal. Allison Booher (“Why Caring Makes Me a Better Person”) and Dhanya Charan (“The President’s Role in Peace and Citizenship”) took Silver, Trishank Kirouchenaradje (“Get Up, Get Active, Get Involved! Get Healthy”) was awarded Bronze and Shravya Kumar (“The Power of Education”) received Honorable Mention.