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D-backs announce winners of $100,000 School Challenge fundraiser

The grounds crew waters the Chase Field after the Colorado Rockies decided not to play their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ charitable foundation and their partner, University of Phoenix, announced on Wednesday the winners of the annual D-backs $100,000 School Challenge.

The program, which has taken place since 2012, provides grants for specific needs at local schools.

Schools can apply for the grants for any number of reasons: to help upgrade technology, to provide for unique classes or to help students pay for projects. The Diamondbacks raised money to assist in four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness, and campus improvements.

“The School Challenge is a longstanding part of our partnership with the D-backs,” said University of Phoenix provost and chief academic officer John Woods. “Together we get to support teachers and schools who apply for grants to do innovative things that improve education across the entire state of Arizona. I’m always amazed by the great ideas put forth by Arizona’s teachers and proud to partner with the D-backs in support of those efforts.”

Public, private and nonprofit charter schools who teach kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible.

School Program Name/Purpose Location Category
Case Grande Middle School CGMS Devices for Digital Learning Case Grande Innovation/Technology
Chaparral Elementary School Leveled Readers to Engage Young Readers Phoenix Educational Programs
Choice Learning Academy Imaginerium – Makers Gonna Make! Phoenix Educational Programs
Cottonwood Community School K-8 Farm to Fork Community Garden Cottonwood Nutrition/Fitness
Cottonwood Community School K-8 Comprehensive Music Program Cottonwood Educational Programs
East Valley Institute of Technology Laptops for Automotive Technology Program Mesa Innovation/Technology
Faith North Early Childhood Learning Center Outdoor Learning Improvements Phoenix Campus Improvements
Flora Thew Elementary School Movement and Exercise for Special Ed students Tempe Nutrition/Fitness
Fort Mojave Elementary School Device Drive Fort Mohave Innovation/Technology
Freedom Elementary School School Library Buckeye Educational Programs
Gila Ridge High School Sports Content Creators in the Making Yuma Innovation/Technology
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf Life Skills Phoenix Educational Programs
Pima JTED Construction Class (Star Improvement) Tucson Campus Improvements
Sanders Middle School Science Department Sanders Educational Programs
T.G. Barr Elementary School Technology & Music in Harmony Phoenix Innovation/Technology
Toltecalli High School Community Garden Tucson Campus Improvements
V.H. Lassen Elementary School Community Pantry Phoenix Nutrition/Fitness
W.F. Killip Elementary School Cooking Club Flagstaff Nutrition/Fitness
Walker Butte K-8 Outdoor Ecosystems & Biological Phenomenon San Tan Valley Campus Improvements
Wilson Elementary School Community Coding Phoenix Innovation/Technology


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