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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 3:45 pm | Updated: 2:43 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Gilbert fourth-grader Will Leinart is a winner in Olive Garden’s 13th annual Pasta Tales essay-writing contest. Olive Garden asked students in the first through 12th grades: “How would you use the Internet to change your community for the better?”

4th-grader wins essay contest

Gilbert fourth-grader Will Leinart is a winner in Olive Garden’s 13th annual Pasta Tales essay-writing contest.

Olive Garden asked students in the first through 12th grades: “How would you use the Internet to change your community for the better?”

Will’s essay was judged as the best essay written by a fourth-grader. Will is home-schooled. A winner was announced in each of the 12 grade categories. Will received a $500 savings bond and dinner with his family at a local Olive Garden.

Will wrote an essay detailing his plan to create a Web site to help his neighbors stay connected online and build better relationships in person.

Foundation names executive director

The Gilbert Education Foundation has named Darcey Barnett as its new executive director.

Barnett has been a board member of the foundation for six years. She had been serving as the foundation’s program manager since January.

The Gilbert Education Foundation supports teachers, students and families in the Gilbert Unified School District with scholarships, school improvement projects, grants and social services.

The foundation has also elected two new board members, Tuni Flancer and Kyle Pottinger.

Flancer owns Flancer’s Cafe with her husband, Jeff. She is a parent of two boys in the Gilbert district and is a community volunteer. Pottinger is a Gilbert resident and group sales representative for the Phoenix Suns.

For more information, call Meg Gillett at (480) 239-5117, or visit www.gilberteducationfoundation.org.

Players, sponsors sought for tourney

The Gilbert Education Foundation seeks players and sponsors for its seventh annual charity golf tournament.

Proceeds will benefit the foundation, which supports teachers, students and families in the Gilbert Unified School District with scholarships, school improvement projects, grants and social services.

The tournament will be 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Kokopelli Golf Club, 1800 W. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.

The cost is $90 per golfer registered by Sept. 18. Registration includes green fees for 18 holes, a cart, range balls and lunch.

For more information, call Darcey Barnett at (480) 239-5117, or visit www.gilberteducationfoundation.org.

District board to meet Tuesday

The Queen Creek Unified School District governing board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 20740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek.

Queen Creek Elementary School will make a couple of presentations. Board members will recognize students of the month and meet new certified staff.

For more information, call (480) 987-5935 or visit www.qcusd.org.

Poston Butte needs help with benefit

Raffle and silent auction items are needed, and vendors are wanted, for a fundraising golf tournament and vendor fair to benefit the athletics and arts departments at Poston Butte High School.

The golf tournament will be 6:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, 30761 N. Golf Club Drive, San Tan Valley. Costs are $80 or $300 for a foursome. The goal is to raise $10,000 for the school, which opened July 20 and is the second high school in the Florence Unified School District.

The community event will also feature bounce houses, music, food, a helicopter ball drop, raffles, prizes and a silent auction.

A vendor fair with 40 booths from noon to 4 p.m. will follow the golf tournament.

For more information, call (602) 443-0073 or visit www.mybiznow.com/golf.

Target offers grants for field trips

Teachers can now apply for Target Field Trip Grants for the 2009-10 school year.

The initiative is designed to promote learning outside the classroom to educators and students across the country.

This year, the field trip grants program will offer 5,000 grants of up to $800 to education professionals throughout the U.S., enabling one out of every 25 schools in America to send a classroom on a field trip.

Funds can be used to cover the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and resource materials for the trip.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, Target has provided 7,400 grants benefiting more than 729,000 children nationwide.

Applications for the Target Field Trip Grants program are available at target.com/fieldtrips until Nov. 3. Grant recipients will be notified in early January.

Share your stories about schools

Arizona Public Schools Making a Difference Every Day is a campaign to share positive stories about events and happenings in school districts and charter schools. Most stories have been shared through the Web site and an e-mail newsletter.

This year, information can be found through Twitter (@azschools) and Facebook. Parents, teachers, administrators, students and anyone interested in Arizona public education can follow the regularly updated pages.

To submit a story, go to www.azschoolsmakeadifference.org/tellstory.asp or e-mail info@azschoolsmakeadifference.org.

Dobson band raising money for China trip

The Dobson High School marching band is raising funds to travel to China next summer.

The students have been invited to represent Mesa at the 2010 World Expo. Drawing tickets are being sold through Sept. 25 for $2 a chance. Prizes include an autographed Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals jersey; suite tickets to a Phoenix Suns game; a one-night stay at Aqua Lodge at Bartlett Lake and a one-week timeshare in Hawaii during spring break in March.

To purchase tickets, call Brenda Hacker, association president, (480) 612-5846.

Chandler offering senior discounts

The Chandler Unified School District is offering senior citizens the chance to attend events free of charge.

A Golden Circle season pass allows seniors to attend regular season home athletic and fine arts events at Basha, Chandler, Hamilton and Perry high schools.

Passes are available at the high schools or district office, 1525 W. Frye Road. To have a pass mailed, call (480) 812-7650.

Meeting for parents of Native Americans

Parents and guardians of Native American students in the Mesa Unified School District are invited to a public meeting about Impact Aid, Title VII and Johnson O’Malley funding.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the district’s Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.

Participants can offer ideas on how the school district should use the money to provide services that supplement their children’s education.

For more information, call the Native American Education Program, (480) 472-0577.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item for Gilbert and Queen Creek schools, send the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at hringle@evtrib.com.

Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Contact her at mreese@evtrib.com or (480) 898-6549.

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