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The Center for Academic Success announces its intention to submit applications for the 2015 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for its elementary school sites in Sierra Vista and Douglas, Arizona. These schools have received 21st CCLC grants for the past five years and have successfully operated community learning center programs with these funds, benefitting hundreds of students with quality before and after school programs and summer programs, free of charge.
Volunteers from CAS Builders Club and Key Club (middle school and high school affiliates with Kiwanis Club) spent their Saturday, April 5th learning about the alternative therapies at TreeHouse Farm in Elgin, Arizona and assisting the facility with cleaning, maintenance, and yard work. The TreeHouse Farm provides sensory-relief therapies to children with serious chronic illnesses, wounded warriors, and their caretakers utilizing therapy animals, laughter yoga, and its serene setting. Students toured the facility with Executive Director Jacob Carter (pictured left) meeting many of the therapy animals. Later, students and Kiwanians split into groups which tackled different projects around the farm.
Some weeded, while others cleaned. Additionally, members also worked with a companion charity — Beads of Courage — which provides commemorative beads to those reaching major medical milestones while battling illness. Volunteers packaged beads which will be later shipped globally to patients participating in the program. Thanks to all our student volunteers who joined in this activity, CAS Builders and Key Club directors, Ms. Garza and Mrs. Burton for organizing CAS’s participation and to TreeHouse Farm for hosting. To learn more about TreeHouse Farm or Beads of Courage, please visit their website http://treehousefarm.org. For more information about our parent organization, The Kiwanis Club, please visit: http://www.kiwanisclubofsierravista.com
What do cotton balls, rubber bands, a disposable diaper, and a Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software all have in common? They have all featured in our high school’s Introduction to Engineering class in the last few weeks. Utilizing industry-standard CAD software, students in the class attempt to solve real-world problems with technology and available materials. The last “instant challenge” was a team solution to an oil spill. Read more about this program and our Project Lead the Way initiative by visiting our high school website.