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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 6:53 pm | Updated: 1:57 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Fifty Gilbert Unified School District teachers were surprised with $45,000 in grants Jan. 15 by the Gilbert Education Foundation Surprize Prize Patrol.

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District teachers get $45,000 in grants

Fifty Gilbert Unified School District teachers were surprised with $45,000 in grants Jan. 15 by the Gilbert Education Foundation Surprize Prize Patrol. The technology and teacher grant checks allow educators to enhance learning environments in the classroom through special programs that focus on literacy, technology and/or enrichment.

As a non-profit charitable trust, Gilbert Education Foundation provides scholarships for Gilbert district graduates, school improvement projects, teacher and technology grants, and social services support for students and staff.

For more information, call the Gilbert Education Foundation at (480) 239-5117.

Math, science volunteers sought

Volunteers with science or math backgrounds are needed for Coronado Elementary School’s Science and Math Expo. The expo will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the school, 4333 S. Deanza Blvd., Gilbert. Coronado is in the Higley Unified School District.

To volunteer, call Linda Boatman at (480) 279-6972 or e-mail lboatman@coronado.husd.org.

6th-grader earns spelling title

Jason Qian, a sixth-grader from Highland Park Elementary School, was the grand champion out of 31 district spellers in the Gilbert Unified School District’s Spelling Bee, held on Jan. 20. His winning word was “fluorescent.”

Qian will join seven other district winners to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

The other spelling winners competing are: Tanner Clark, South Valley Junior High; Hannah Coons, Quartz Hill Elementary; Daphne Guo, Neely Traditional Academy; Hunter Holst, Towne Meadows Elementary; Naomi Jing, Mesquite Junior High; Peter Johnston, Playa del Rey Elementary; and Sean-Wyn Ng, Augusta Ranch Elementary.

Two winners from the regional bee will compete at the state level. The state winner will represent Arizona in Washington D.C. for the Scripps National Final Bee.

Higley hosts fundraising event

Higley Elementary and Middle School will host a fundraising Barros Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Ray and Val Vista roads restaurant. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the school.

Information: (480) 279-6800.

Donuts with Dad coming Friday

Higley Elementary and Middle School will host Donuts with Dad at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 3391 E. Vest Ave., Gilbert. Fathers are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and donut with their child.

Information: (480) 279-6800.

First-grader wins Oratorical Contest

Preston Lohman, a first-grader from Val Vista Lakes Elementary School, won first place in the fourth grade and under division in the Gilbert Unified School District’s 11th Annual Oratorical Contest. Dawson Douglas, a fifth-grader from Boulder Creek Elementary School, received first place in the fifth- and sixth-grade division, during the Jan. 26 contest.

Also in the fourth-grade and under division, Kine Multun, from Finley Farms Elementary School, got second place, and Charles Matthews, from Sonoma Ranch Elementary School, won third place.

In the fifth- and sixth-grade division, Coltin Lohman from Val Vista Lakes Elementary, won second place, and Beth Morrell from Towne Meadows Elementary, got third place.

Students competed with a memorized three- to five-minute speech based on the theme, “American Heritage.” Students were judged on content, organization, presentation, style, poise, and effectiveness, and received bonus points for props or costumes.

Education briefs run on Sunday. To submit an item, e-mail the pertinent information to Hayley Ringle at hringle@evtrib.com or call (480) 898-6301.

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