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Make a Donation to Laveen Schools Before April 15 and Receive a Credit on 2017’s Taxes

You can reduce the amount you owe in taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe come the April deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2017. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2017 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2017 taxes is April 15, 2018.

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Cheatham School Prepares Cards for Troops

Over 800 students at Laveen’s Cheatham Elementary School created greeting cards to send to troops stationed overseas. The entire school  participated in this project on December 13.

The project was developed by the school’s student council after attending a leadership conference last month. “Council members wanted to find a project that would allow students in the lower grades an opportunity to work with students in the upper grades,” explained Student Council sponsor and kindergarten teacher Sandy Life. “They thought a greeting card project would be the perfect way to bring grade levels together while sharing their appreciation for our soldiers who keep us safe.”

Cheatham practices Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) which is a widely used approach to supporting positive behaviors with the intention of improving social, emotional, and academic outcomes for all students. Part of the school’s PBIS approach is “PAW to PAW” where older students mentor younger students regularly. PAW to Paw typically takes place on early release Wednesdays.

“This activity prompts students to work together while enhancing their creative and writing skills. At the same time, it supports strong character traits including sharing, caring, kindness, and showing gratitude,” Life added. “We hope, that through this project, we can teach our students that there is life outside of our school walls.  A lot goes on in our neighborhoods, our city, our state, our country and our world.  We want them to see that these cards will make a big difference to that soldier who is far away from their families and loved ones.”

Cards will be given to a Cheatham teacher’s husband who is preparing for deployment. He hopes to distribute the cards to his unit once he arrives at his assignment.

Watch FOX10’s news report.

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Kids Klub Now Accepting Registrations for Winter Break Camp

The Laveen Elementary School District offers Kids Klub Day Camp for days when school is not in session for children in Grades K-6. This fun-filled camp is held at Desert Meadows School, 6855 West Meadows Loop East.

The theme-based curriculum provides children with the opportunity to participate in social, creative, intellectual, and physical activities. The program also offers arts and crafts, fitness, cooperative games, and other hands-on activities.

Day Camp hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For details, visit our Kids Klub page.

Winter Camp Flyer

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4th Annual Winter Festival is December 8

The fourth annual Laveen Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Winter Festival will feature obstacle courses, games, activities, student performances, photo opportunities, holiday gift vendors and much more! Admission is free with tickets being sold for select activities.

Join us at the LEC Lawn, 5001 W. Dobbins.

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Laveen Breaks Ground on David Glasser Athletic Complex

Laveen Elementary School District held a groundbreaking celebration for the David Glasser Athletic Complex on November 3. The complex will be built on the site of the old Laveen School at 5001 W. Dobbins.

The new athletic complex will include a football/soccer field and two baseball fields. It will serve the various youth ball clubs of Laveen.

The complex is named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call within the Laveen community.




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Cheatham Girls Attend Intel’s TEC is for Girls Conference

Cheatham middle school girls attended the T.E.C is for Girls conference, sponsored by Intel, on September 22 at South Mountain Community College. The girls were exposed to technology, engineering, and computer science careers by rotating through a variety of workshops.

Workshops included What Meets the Eye, Exploring Coding, and How a career in STEM will change your life. These workshops allowed the girls to dissect an eye ball, utilize basic coding skills, build a speaker, and explore careers in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The day ended by participating in activities with professional story tellers who gave the girls the skills to turn any narrative into a story.

This conference was just the beginning of an ongoing relationship between Cheatham, South Mountain Community College, and Intel. A club will be started at Cheatham and led by Ms. Shanine Turner to continue these experiences. The same group of girls who attended the conference will meet at least two more times during the school year to celebrate their successes.

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