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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.”

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Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School

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Brian Gibson, principal at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, poses with students at Lomas on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Kyrene de las Lomas is one of the 12 Kyrene schools in the Ahwatukee area that has been educating its students for many years.

Currently, enrollment at Lomas stands at 744 students from grades preschool through fifth grade.

Principal Brian Gibson said the new school year would bring opportunities for new staff members to be immersed within Lomas’ community.

“We already have a seasoned staff, and we’ve been working on new programs,” he said.

Gibson, who’s starting up his sixth year as principal, said Lomas’ diverse population was what set the school apart from other schools around the district and was a great representation of different communities.

Recently, Lomas earned a “B” grade for the 2013-14 school year from the Arizona Department of Education.

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