Seventh-grade science students at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School are inviting the Ahwatukee community to their Astronomy Night event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Akimel A-al, 2720 E. Liberty Lane.

Eric Nichols, a systems engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, will speak about being a “rocket scientist,” followed by Akimel A-al seventh-grade science teacher and event organizer Steve Reed presenting, “Mars 101,” a presentation about why and how we have explored our nearest neighbor planet.

Stanton introduces school tax credit web portal

Mayor Greg Stanton introduced a first-of-its-kind city of Phoenix website feature to help increase school tax credit contributions to the city’s most underprivileged schools.

State law allows taxpayers to contribute $200 each year to public schools to go toward valuable extracurricular activities such as field trips, sporting events, laboratory projects and artistic endeavors.

However, the schools and districts that need help the most are often receive the least amount of contributions.

Through the portal,, residents can view the needs for each Phoenix school district and get direction on how to make contributions that qualify for a full dollar-for-dollar state tax deduction.

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