Teacher project adds new books for Simonton Elementary

Courtesy of J.O. Combs

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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