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MC Cash Receives new school garden from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

M.C. Cash School is the recipient of a new school garden thanks to the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation’s’ 24 Gardens in 24 Hours in 24 Communities campaign.

The Foundation will provide for the construction of the garden, $5,000 to support nutrition education lessons, ongoing professional development and personnel to support the learning garden program. The new garden was installed on Saturday, September 23.

M.C. Cash is the only school in Arizona selected for this award. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation received over 3,000 community garden nominations.

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EFGA Middle School Students Complete IB Writing Requirement

Estrella Foothills Global Academy students in Grades 6-8 are all part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Estrella Foothills received full authorization of becoming an IB school this past November. Students who are part of the Middle Years Programme strive to develop active learning skills that are internationally minded by empathizing with others. Students also develop critical thinking skills through inquiry-based learning activities within the classroom. Three of our IB students have gone above and beyond demonstrating IB learner attributes.

Kayleigh Mauk- 8th grade- She has been accepted into the IB program at North High School next year. She demonstrates attributes of not only being knowledgeable but principled in all that she does in and out of the classroom.

Amari McCullum, Robert Wells- 7th grade- Demonstrated being inquirers and communicators in their IB summative writing assignment in English Language Arts. Students were asked to research and evaluate the Victorian Era and Industrial Revolution to make connections and explain the author’s purpose in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” IB students in their junior year of high school are required to write a 2,000 word essay. These two students doubled that by writing over 4,000 words! Some EFGA middle school students have already completed the IB requirement to write 2,000 word essays. A few have even accomplished the 3,000 word essay, which is a senior high school IB requirement.

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