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What You Need to Know About Swimming Supervision

As it stands today, drowning is the primary cause of injury deaths in children ages one to four. This means that it has surpassed even car accidents in terms of risk, which is a pretty frightening thought. Since water is all around us, especially in a state like Arizona where pools are so prevalent, figuring out how to prevent drowning is …

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Why Teach Kids to Code?

In today’s world, when it comes to preparing kids for the future, there are few better ways to do so then by teaching them how to code. Not just for use in the technological age, but to develop academic skills, patience, and critical thinking. All of which are key components for success in school, life, and careers. What is coding? …

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ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS CHASE FIELD TIPS FOR FAMILIES

BEST DEALS FOR TICKETS AND FOOD D-BACKS VALUE PACK Available for any game, the Value Pack includes a game ticket, hotdog and a regular Pepsi for just $25. dbacks.com/value Regular game tickets can be purchased for as low as $13. Daily game pricing is online at dbacks.com/pricing VALUE ITEMS Look for the logo around the ballpark! Value items are valuable …

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JMPS Senior, RJ Gray, Shines On and Off Stage

  RJ Gray has had a spectacular senior year with a leading role in the school’s musical production of “42nd Street.” At the same time he rehearsed on stage, he was also studying for the state Academic Decathlon competition. RJ was a key member of the JMPS Academic Decathlon team, and he won several medals at the regional competition, including …

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Stage Dreams Youth Theater performs Dear Edwina, Jr. in May

Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Written in a “show-within-a-show” format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect “girl power” musical for a new generation. Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and danc Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures …

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What are the Criteria for Competitive Swimming for Kids?

A lot of parents make the decision to enroll their little ones in swimming lessons when they’re young and then may stop classes once they’ve become proficient swimmers. But there are a lot of kids who fall in love with swimming and want to continue taking lessons long after they’ve mastered basic skills. As a parent, you want your child …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Eighth Grader, Faith, Becomes U.S. Citizen

Faith, as she’s fondly called by her family and friends, recently became a U.S Citizen on February 14, 2018, by virtue of the Immigration and Naturalization Act! Valentine’s Day this year was made much more meaningful to her family; after all, love was the essence that started it all. Hermione Faith Basilio was born on March 07, 2003 in the …

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Benchmark Siblings Shine on Stage

Teagan, a Benchmark 6th grader, performs in theatre productions around the Valley.  Her most recent performances were the Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Lion King Jr. as one of the main characters, Zazu. Teagan balances an intense after-school and weekend rehearsal schedule with a strong academic course load that includes participation in math and …

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Creighton Eighth Grader Doesn’t Shy Away From a Challenge

  Dariet is an eighth grader at Loma Linda Elementary School. But he’s not your average eighth grade student; Dariet is student class president, in the gifted and talented program, and an aspiring public speaker and leader within his community. On October 25, Dariet co-hosted a Community Town Hall with our Superintendent Dr. Donna W. Lewis in front of 150 …

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Stage Dreams Youth Theater Presents Mulan Jr.

  Recently, Stage Dreams Youth Theater’s vocal director, Emily Freed sat down to chat with six wonderful young ladies from the program. They are all set to play Mushu, the dragon in SDYT’s upcoming production of Mulan Jr. coming this January and have a lot of interesting things to say about the show! Q. What is Mulan Jr. about? Katherine: …

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