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The holidays are behind us, but if you have a preschooler who will be entering kindergarten next school year, it’s not too early to start getting them ready. In fact, many schools hold their kindergarten registration events beginning this month.

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The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board elected Marie Sullivan as president and Laurin Hendrix as Governing Board secretary last week. The seven Governing Board members were elected from five geographical districts within Maricopa County and two at-large positions repr…

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Estrella Mountain Community College named Dr. Manuel Gomez the college’s new vice president of Academic Affairs last week. 

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Anxiety among children continues to climb, contributing to rising rates of depression and mental and behavioral disorders. More than 7% of children 3 to 17 in the U.S. have been diagnosed with anxiety, which can greatly alter “the way children typically learn, behave and handle their emotion…

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The Food and Drug Administration stunned many in late December when it raised the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21. Retailers around the West Valley said they were not anticipating this; however, some understand the benefits the new law can bring. 

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s annual “Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge” is open through Jan. 24. Research shows encouraging kids to cook has many benefits. They are more likely to try new foods and it fosters reading and math skills.

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Agua Fria Union High School District will have a ribbon-cutting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, celebrating the Phase 1 improvements at Agua Fria High School, 530 E. Riley Drive, Avondale.

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Grace Fellowship Academy in Buckeye promotes STEM field opportunities for its students and recently held a small competition showcasing their abilities.

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If given a chance, members of West Valley robotics clubs would spend all day tinkering with robots. Granted, they are getting ready to compete in VEX IQ competitions at the local, regional, state and world levels - which takes a lot of practice to get their robots working just right. It’s cl…

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As it starts to cool down in the Valley, Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) wants to remind West Valley residents of all the amazing opportunities to explore the outdoors – right in your backyard. Check out these Girl Scout approved ideas for getting in touch with nature and e…

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Desert West Dance Academy in Goodyear is a place where students come to dance their hearts out. It’s also a place that feels like family. So when its owner, Lindsay Butterfield, lost her son Hunter due to complications from open-heart surgery, it was like they had lost one of their own.

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ISM Raceway and the NASCAR Foundation, along with local NASCAR drivers Jagger Jones, Jace Jones and Sara Houston, teamed up for the third-annual “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade” on Giving Tuesday, delivering stuffed Speedy Bears to children at Banner Children’s Hospital within Banner Thunderb…

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At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Governing Board of the Tolleson Union High School District authorized Superintendent Nora Gutierrez to work with legal counsel to become part of a lawsuit against JUUL, the nation’s largest manufacturer, distributor and seller of electronic cigarettes (also known …

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Several students at Trivium Prep in Goodyear recently placed at the National FFA Convention in November. Members of Trivium FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2019 National FFA Convention. 

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Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District, participated in the National Superintendent Roundtable at the American Heart Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions Conference on Nov. 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one of only 10 superintendents in t…

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Gina Godbehere, a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office knows the importance of being proactive when it comes to youth suicide.

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A city of Goodyear event called Chalk Art in the Park was a big hit for kids — and parents who enjoyed watching the kids get creative.

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High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe b…

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Carter Johnson’s brain is like a database of information—especially reptiles and birds. The Litchfield Park 17-year-old is autistic, which made going to school in his early years exceptionally difficult. But his love of learning and a little help from those around him gave him opportunities …

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Avondale’s Michael Anderson Elementary School welcomed professional NASCAR driver Tom Gilliland before his K&N Pro Series Race. 

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For young and old who wonder how nuclear power happens, Palo Verde Generating Station’s Energy Education Center in Buckeye recently opened its doors to the public. 

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Ryder Raney started with a little sprout … and grew quite a capacious cabbage.

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With messages including “your scars are your superpower” and “you have the power to create a legacy,” stirring inspirational stories greeted students at Odyssey Preparatory Middle School. The speakers included a major league baseball player and New York City firefighter, who both selflessly …

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Sergio M. Velazquez, a science teacher at Millennium High School in Goodyear, recently came up with a project he felt students would find irresistible:

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When they walk into the Westwind Elementary School writing class, seventh graders aren’t told what not to do.

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They are making pizza pies now, but they may be studying pie charts soon.

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Western Maricopa Education Center is putting a new spin on trunk or treat with airplanes, food trucks and classic cars—and it’s all for a good cause. 

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On Oct. 7, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released the 2018-19 statewide assessment results for Arizona public school students in grades 3 through 12. 

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Success hasn’t come easy for Elijah Rusk. Born in South Phoenix, Rusk was rescued from an unhealthy family situation by his grandparents. 

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At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will visit Desert Thunder Elementary School in Goodyear.

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American cartoonist and writer Scott Adams once said, “There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.” This month, at the Learning Experience (TLE) center in Goodyear, preschoolers are learning that message and the positive impact they can have on the lives of other children. 

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Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is raising awareness and funds for children with cancer in our community. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Zoo is partnering up with Anchored Kings Screen Printing to raise funds for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation announced it raised more than $831,000 in September for its Step Up Stop Cancer campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The total includes cash and in-kind donations from businesses and individuals.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. All month, Litchfield Park Library is accepting donations to help domestic violence victims. Some of the most needed items include toiletries, shoes and clothing.

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Girl Scouts Troop 6010 recently earned their Bronze Award—the highest award available to a Girl Scout Junior, or girl in fourth through fifth grade—by sharing their love of reading with the Estrella community. 

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Five West Valley students are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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On Jan. 14, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a “Plan to Cancel Student Debt on Day One of My Presidency.”  Warren would use the US Department of Education’s “broad legal authority” to cancel up to $50,000 of debt on behalf of up to 42 million borrowers.