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Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School

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13612 S. 36th St. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:43 pm | Updated: 5:13 pm, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

Academics have always been a fundamental aspect when speaking about a school, but community involvement also helps hold the mold together.

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School has always had a rich-community involvement, having community events at the school on a once-a-month occurrence.

Principal Kelley Brunner finds that the school community is always willing to help with any activities surrounding the school.

“I’ve been to a lot of schools and it really makes a difference with the more involved your school community is, the stronger the school is,” Brunner said. “We probably do more community events than most schools, as a way to build that positive relationship. It requires a lot of volunteers, we have volunteers during the school day to help and support children, and I do appreciate that. They work really hard for our schools, and for our teachers and children.”

For additional information about Colina, visit www.kyrene.org/col.

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit www.ambassadoracademy.us.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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