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D-backs announce 20 winning schools in $100,000 School Challenge

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced today the 20 winning schools in the inaugural “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by the University of Phoenix. With nearly 700 submissions from Arizona schools, the winning grants come from all around the state of Arizona and will fund projects ranging from anti-cyberbullying programs to a sign-language friendly library, after-school nutrition programs to an autism movement program and athletic facility upgrades to asbestos removal.

“This has been a truly humbling experience to locate so many needs throughout Arizona and provide some of the assistance required to change the future for our children,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “The gratitude expressed by the recipients and the sheer number of schools in need has made it abundantly clear that we should and we will replicate this program again later this year with our great partners at the University of Phoenix.

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Each school will receive its check during an on-site assembly this month and will also be honored on the field at an upcoming game at Chase Field. The assemblies begin this Monday, May 7 and are open to media wishing to attend. The dates and times are of each assembly are listed below and media should contact the D-backs’ Communications Department in advance.

“The entries that were received demonstrated the creative and unique ways that Arizona educators have developed to address the challenges that their schools are facing,” said University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello.

Submissions from teachers and faculty came from every county in the state and more than 75 cities. All public, private and nonprofit charter schools, Grades K-12 were eligible and the winning schools sought to bring in funds to assist in one of four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness and school/campus improvements. The winning schools were:

School Program Name/Purpose Location Category Assembly Date
Children First Academy Bring Learning Alive Phoenix Innovation/Technology May 7, 10 am
Mitchell School Building Authentic Writers Phoenix Educational Programs May 9, 10 am
Sonoran Sky Elementary Lending Library Glendale Innovation/Technology May 10, 10 am
Apollo High School Athletic Training Facility Upgrade Glendale Nutrition/Fitness May 14, 10 am
Desert Valley Elementary Autism Movement Program Glendale Innovation/Technology May 14, 2 pm
St. Louis the King Catholic School Asbestos Abatement Glendale School Improvements May 16, 10 am
Nikolaus Homestead Elementary Science Curriculum/Supplies Show Low Educational Programs May 15, 10 am
Saint Michael Elementary Library Media Center Navajo Nation Innovation/Technology May 15, 2 pm
Mayer Elementary After School Nutrition Program Mayer Nutrition/Fitness May 16, 2 pm
P.T. Coe Elementary Library Books/Reading Materials Phoenix Educational Programs May 17, 10 am
Burk Elementary Success Maker Math Software Gilbert Innovation/Technology May 17, 2 pm
Westwind Elementary Technology Assessment Tool Phoenix Innovation/Technology May 18, 10 am
J.B. Wright Construct, Create & Explore Tucson Educational Programs May 18, 2 pm
Dos Rios Elementary Happy Handwriting Tolleson Educational Programs May 21, 10 am
Saint Agnes School Mobile Lab Phoenix Innovation/Technology May 22, 10 am
Shea Middle School Technology for Environment Phoenix Innovation/Technology May 23, 10 am
Western Valley Middle School Anti-Cyberbullying Program Phoenix Innovation/Technology May 23, 2 pm
Sequoia School - Deaf/Hard of Hearing Sign Language Library Mesa Educational Programs May 24, 10 am
Arroyo Elementary Arroyo Inc. BizTown Program Glendale Educational Programs May 24, 2 pm
Genesis Academy Robotics Crew Phoenix Innovation/Technology  

Each of the schools that did not receive a $5,000 grant will be personally contacted by a D-backs representative and encouraged to reapply when the D-backs and the University of Phoenix kick off the second round of the program in August.

The $100,000 School Challenge is part of the organization’s overall charitable efforts and earlier this year, the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $30 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998, including more than $4 million in 2011.

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