First-grader Cole Pendergast

First-grader Cole participates in Pendergast’s distance learning

Education and technology companies came together for Creating Learning Connections grants to provide families with laptops, internet connectivity and Lego Education learning solutions, which teach students science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts with Lego bricks.  

Four Pendergast District schools, including Canyon Breeze and Rio Vista schools in Avondale and Sonoran Sky School in Glendale, have been selected to receive 350 fully configured Chromebooks.

The schools will also receive 300 Lego Education Early Simple Machine Sets and a stipend to help subsidize the cost of internet for families in the program.

According to Dr. Jennifer Cruz, chief academic officer of the Pendergast District, “This award gives us the opportunity to bring high-quality learning materials to our students that we otherwise couldn’t afford. In Pendergast, we intentionally work to provide students with STEAM learning opportunities that will prepare our students for a productive future.

“We can’t wait to see how our amazing teachers facilitate this programming with our students.”

 For all Pendergast students, school began Aug. 5 through online distance learning.

In compliance with Gov. Doug Ducey’s directive, PESD is providing a location for students that have nowhere else to go to be supervised while they participate in distance-learning classes. 

“When we do feel it is safe to reopen for in-person learning, you will be notified well in advance,” said Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, the Pendergast superintendent, in a recent letter to families.