Apache Junction High School supports dinner for homeless individuals

How does Santa find you when you’re homeless? He reaches out to inspire people like Brandy Steinke, a paraprofessional at the Apache Junction High School, to bring the holidays to you. Mr. Steinke, AJHS and the Mirage Sports Grill are combining efforts to provide a holiday meal and gifts of necessity to those who need […]

Apache Junction High School NJROTC achieves top Navy honors

The U.S. Secretary of the Navy has awarded the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps the title of “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors” for the 11th consecutive year. This is the highest designation the Navy can give a school program and it is awarded only to those units that demonstrate the […]

Desert Vista students earn DAR community service award

An economic project run by two students in Gina Fraher’s third-grade class at Desert Vista Elementary School in the Apache Junction Unified School District has earned nationwide recognition. Students Peta Nichols and Campbell Merryman, who coordinated “Project Pencils,” were on hand at the Chaparral Hotel in Scottsdale on April 30 to receive first place awards […]

Rosie Portugal-Brastad April employee of the month for AJUSD

  Apache Junction Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson announced the April Employee of the Month, Rosie Portugal-Brastad, at the governing board’s May 10 meeting. “Rosie Portugal-Brastad has been with Apache Junction Unified School District for nine years. The last two years, she has served as Project HELP coordinator. Project HELP is a district […]

Desert Vista 3rd-graders earn statewide award for service to African children

Third-grade students in Gina Fraher’s class at Desert Vista Elementary in Apache Junction are learning a lesson that reaches around the world. From Jan. 11 to Jan. 26, students sold decorative pencils and Pencil Pals (Beanie Babies with a pencil tucked in a ribbon around their neck) before school to raise money for children in need both in Africa and in Apache Junction. The community service effort was aptly named, “Project Pencils.”

“As you know, Africa has a great deal of turmoil that we as Americans do not experience in our country,” their promotional flyer states. “Unfortunately, this unrest has caused millions of children to be left without parents, a home and education. Families in our own community face similar challenges as well.”

Helping to offset those challenges, the students raised $650, of which $250 was given to Project HELP, the Apache Junction Unified School District’s community outreach program that serves AJUSD families in need; and $400 went to the Bensasa School for orphaned children in Nairobi, Kenya.

“One of the great things about this project is that it’s children helping children,” said Ms. Fraher. “This is the sixth year my class has done this.”

Select Apache Junction Schools to pilot breakfast program

In a pilot program funded by the National School Lunch Program, Apache Junction Unified School District will begin offering free “Breakfast In the Classroom” in the three district schools with the highest Free and Reduced Lunch rate. As of Tuesday, March 1, all students at Four Peaks Elementary and Desert Vista Elementary will be offered […]

Arizona Lecture series returns March 14 with Jim Turner

The Arizona Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14, with “Pancho Villa,” by Jim Turner. How did a young peon from Durango, Mexico rise to sit in Emperor Maximilian’s throne in Mexico City, chosen by the people to be president of Mexico? Who is this bigger than life icon with the bushy […]

Students jump rope to raise money for charity

Eight-hundred students at Desert Vista Elementary School in the Apache Junction Unified School District participated in the annual American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in Feburuary. Together they raised more than $7,195. Fifth-grader Skyllar Burnham was the top earner, saving lives with $619 in donations. 23 additional students each raised more than $100. […]

7th annual car show hosted by AJHS NJROTC

Approximately 130 participants, vendors, and several hundred spectators attended this year’s Apache Junction High School Navy JROTC fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 13. We would like to thank all of our sponsors donors, participants, vendors, and spectators. It takes awesome people and companies to make each year a success. This group of kids who have continually […]

Arizona Lecture series returns March 7 with Gil Storms

The Arizona Lecture Series continues  at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, with “Charles D. Poston: Father of Arizona,” by Gil Storms. Charles D. Poston is known for his early settlement of Arizona, his ownership of one of Arizona’s first silver mining companies headquartered in Tubac and his efforts to make Arizona a U.S. territory. […]