Students at Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary, 40300 N. Simonton Blvd. in San Tan Valley, have 60new books to read when school begins Aug. 5 thanks to two fundraising projects conducted by Janey Ramirez, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher there. The projects raised nearly $700 through donorschoose.org, an online charity that helps teachers and students in need, according to a press release. The first project included 15 graphic novels that will be used to highlight the importance of anti-bullying and historical events such as the Dust Bowl. The second project was chosen to be funded by the Apollo Education Group, which supports making a difference through philanthropic endeavors in local communities. Due to this funding, Mrs. Ramirez’s students are able to read high quality literature and participate in the district-wide Battle of the Books competition.
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