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Congratulations to the Manson Mesa Class of 2016

| June 8, 2016
Congratulations to the Manson Mesa Class of 2016

Manson Mesa High School hosted commencement ceremonies last month with eight seniors earning diplomas. The graduating class was made up of Christie Shepard, Kendrick Sloan, Lavanie Thompson, Leon Tsinnininnie, Mariah Yazzie, Meisen Benally, Shelby Wall and Tyrel Blake.

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Winslow third-graders create coral reef project

| June 8, 2016
Winslow third-graders create coral reef project

Every week our 3rd grade class at Bonnie Brennan School in Winslow Unified School District reads a Time For Kids Magazine as well as a supplemental reader in smaller reading groups.

Each of the smaller groups works with either myself, Mrs. Montoya, or Mrs. Densmore for the week.

The students are given a research project for their groups and are asked to come up with a visual project that they can create to illustrate the information they gathered.

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Summer reading programs gearing up in region

| June 1, 2016
Summer reading programs gearing up in region

The Downtown and East Flagstaff Public Library will hold a series of registration parties to help families register for its Summer Reading Program beginning Monday, June 6.

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Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

| June 1, 2016
Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

Members of AZ Schools Now, called on the governor and Legislature to add more than $1 billion to Arizona public schools.

That money would be on top of the $3.5 billion Prop 123 is supposed to send to K-12 over the next decade.

Fresh off the Prop 123 win, Gov. Doug Ducey said he is ready to talk about the future of education funding.

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Opinion: Kids see through ‘We support education’

| June 1, 2016
Opinion: Kids see through ‘We support education’

Do you support education?

I’m going to venture out on a limb and say you probably answered that with a “yes.”

Elected officials, business leaders, regular folks with kids in school, and those without – we all like to say we support education.

But the question — and its answer — is incomplete.

Of course we say we support education. We support teachers. We support students. Who wouldn’t?

I doubt anyone would say out loud, at least in public, that they want children, and the adults they become, to be ignorant and uneducated. Policies and political decisions at times indicate otherwise, but we, the public, aren’t supposed to put two and two together.

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Visits by NAU students help children prevent tooth decay, reduce school absences

| June 1, 2016
Visits by NAU students help children prevent tooth decay, reduce school absences

A Northern Arizona University dental hygiene outreach program is credited with helping reduce tooth decay among area children.

Several times each year, NAU dental hygiene students visit child care centers to provide oral health screenings, education and fluoride varnishes. The outreach is part of the Coconino County Smart Smiles Program.

A new report showed Arizona reduced the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated decay by eight percent compared with findings in a 2003 report.

The study, “Taking a Bite Out of School Absences: Children’s Oral Health Report 2016,” was conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services and First Things First, a statewide group promoting early childhood health and education.

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FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| June 1, 2016
FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Students at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy are working to make moving around to different foster homes a little easier for children in Arizona.

“When foster kids are removed from homes, they often have to put their things in black trash bags,” FALA art teacher Janeece Henes said. “We want to make it a little easier on them, and give them something to carry their things in.”

Henes’ class decided to solve the problem with a project they call “Love Luggage,” where students paint the outside of hard paneled suitcases and fill them with items that might provide comfort, hygiene or entertainment for children in the foster care system.

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Hopi students celebrate education milestone. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| June 1, 2016
Hopi students celebrate education milestone. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Waylon Pahona Jr. was sexually abused as a child, but now he travels the world telling youth that they can make a difference and encouraging them to do something positive.

That was his message May 25 as he served as the keynote speaker at the Hopi Junior High promotion where 92 students were promoted in front of several hundred family members, friends and educators.

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Williams grads give back before they’re gone. See more Williams News education stories here

| June 1, 2016
Williams grads give back before they’re gone. See more Williams News education stories here

Williams High School graduating seniors walked through the halls of Williams Elementary-Middle School to cheers and clapping May 28. The students congratulated the class of 2016 as the graduates walk through the hallways during the annual Grad March.

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Grand Canyon High School ranked 15th in Arizona. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| June 1, 2016
Grand Canyon High School ranked 15th in Arizona. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

According to U.S. News and World Report, for 2016, Grand Canyon School High School is ranked number 15 in Arizona and number 1,490 nationally and earned a national silver medal.

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