With Arizona's 100th birthday coming up next week, the staff and students at Mountain View Lutheran Church chose to celebrate the milestone with a more hands-on activity.

Anyone who drives past Mountain View, at 11002 S. 48th St., will see their efforts in the form of a hand-painted sign sitting at the corner of 48th Street and Cheyenne Drive. Each of the 100 students put their handprint in red, blue or yellow on the sign that congratulated the state on its centennial celebration.

"I think what connected them to it was they all have birthdays, and the concept of their state having a birthday was what got them interested," said Leslie Franzmeier, a teacher and administrator at Mountain View. "Also having it out where anyone who drives by can see, it gives them a sense of pride because they can say, ‘Hey, I did that.'"

The preschool has students ages 3, 4 and 5 years old. To find out more about Mountain View, visit www.mvlutheran.org.

Mountain View is not the only Ahwatukee Foothills school to celebrate the Arizona centennial next week. Students at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary, 2620 E. Liberty Lane, and Kyrene Centennial Middle School, 13808 S. 36th St., are showing off artwork they made based on one interesting fact about Arizona history. On the Arizona centennial, Tuesday, Feb. 14, students will visit the auditorium in groups and trade their artwork.

Throughout January and February, students at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, have been posing questions about Arizona history to the school over the morning announcements. Those who present the morning announcements are responsible for finding the questions and answers.

At Kyrene del Milenio Elementary, 4630 E. Frye Road, staff and students have been working on a parade of "floats" - which are the students themselves - and will tour the school on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Fourth-grader at Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway, will be putting on a party in honor of Arizona's 100th birthday, complete with games, crafts and food dedicated to the state.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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