Every fourth-grade student at Mission View Elementary School will see their first two years of college or trade school paid for, after a local couple decides to step in and help.
Gary and Tandy Kipper, owners of Tucson Iron and Metal, are committed to helping the total 38 students with their future education.
“Tucson Iron and Metal has committed to paying the equivalent of two years of schooling at Pima Community College for each of Mission View Elementary’s 38 fourth-grade students,” said Andrea Kippur, the youngest Yom Kippur girl participating. also with effort.
The only requirements for financial aid are that students graduate from high school and attend an accredited college. This could include a university, community college, or trade school.
Yom Kippur chose to help students at Mission View Elementary because the school had implemented a program in which children set their own goals, kept data binders for accountability, and presented their accomplishments to their teachers and to their parents.
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“When a child is in fourth grade, it’s a great time to show them the educational options available to them and show them that the community cares about them,” said Gary Kippour.
Additionally, the Lapan Sunshine Foundation will work with the Kippers and Mission View Elementary to provide the mentorship and resources necessary to ensure that every child graduates from high school.
Gift of Flowing Wells
The Arizona Department of Corrections at Wilmot, through its DCA Inmate Fundraiser, raised more than $44,500 for Laguna Elementary School in the Flowing Wells School District.
Principal Christopher Josefowicz presented the check to school principal Alan Schmidt late last month.
Laguna Elementary will use donated funds to support teachers and students in classrooms, as well as beautify the campus.
Two Tucson students each received the Marge Gould Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to dedicate to their post-secondary education.
Maria Verdugo of Sunnyside High School and Ivan Estrella Galvez of Catalina Foothills High School received the awards last month.
The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Marge Gould, a longtime teacher at Catalina High School who specialized in teaching English and computer skills to at-risk students, many of whom were immigrants and refugees.
Teacher Excellence Award
Lucila Herrera, pre-kindergarten teacher at Prince Head Start, received the April Teacher Excellence Award from the Tucson Values Teachers.
Herrera, who has worked at Prince Head Start for 18 years, was appointed by site supervisor Tamara Paganini.
“Lucy is an excellent teacher as she is open to understanding each family’s history and background,” Paganini wrote in the nomination. “This understanding allows her to better individualize and support the developmental and emotional needs of children.
Paganini added that Herrera embraces diversity within the classroom and involves parents in setting individual and family goals to help students.
Tucson Values Teachers spotlights an educator from Southern Arizona each month. For more information or to nominate a teacher, visit www.tucsonvaluesteachers.com.
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