Queen Creek college, career specialist Shelli Boggs a salon owner, nonprofit founder

When the last class bell at Queen Creek High School rings, Shelli Boggs sets her pencil down and picks up a pair of hair shears at her salon Sassy Roots Hair Co. Mrs. Boggs, previously known for her nationally recognized nonprofit Happy Hair Bands, is in her first year as the college and career specialist […]

Farnsworth: East Valley leading Arizona’s charter school movement

I was born in Mesa and raised in Chandler. My family has deep ties to the East Valley. And I am proud to have launched four charter school campuses in the East Valley. The Benjamin Franklin Charter School opened more than 20 years ago to give parents and students options and to provide a traditional […]

Queen Creek High School begins program focused on spreading positivity

When she was 13, a Colorado teenager drew the outline of her hands on the back her dresser and wrote, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.” A few years later, Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999, and now her hands […]

Pet therapy nonprofit seeks volunteers to expand programs

Gabriel’s Angels, a nonprofit that delivers pet therapy to children, is expanding and is looking for more volunteers. Founded in 2000 by Pam Gaber and her dog Gabriel, the organization plans to increase its base of 225 volunteers to serve more young people. Volunteers with and without registered pet therapy dogs are needed. The pet therapy […]

Free online program provides practice for college admissions tests

March2Success, a free online academic readiness program, has added features to help students prepare for standardized admissions tests for college and beyond. The U.S. Army-sponsored program now has free full-length practice tests for the Medical College Admissions Test, the Dental Admissions Test, several different nursing tests and a full prep course for the ACT and […]

Mobile education unit plans stop in Queen Creek

A traveling, interactive mobile unit offering an up-close look at the personalized education options available to students nationwide will make a stop 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Queen Creek Blended Learning Center, 18477 E. 186th Way. K12 Inc., which is sponsoring the tour, provides an “award-winning curriculum with dedicated, Arizona-certified teachers, an active […]

Nonprofit needs families for student exchange program

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with high schools, is looking for local families to play host to teens from a variety of countries. “ASSE students come with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture – food, sports, shopping and more,” according to a program release. “They also love to share their own […]

Phoenix Children’s Chorus auditions in Chandler, Phoenix

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus will conduct auditions this month for its 35th anniversary choir season. Auditions are open to boys and girls entering first-12th grades in the fall. In the East Valley, an audition will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Chandler Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler. A audition is […]

Phoenix Children’s Chorus auditions set for East Valley, Phoenix

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus will conduct auditions this month for its 35th anniversary choir season. Auditions are open to boys and girls entering first-12th grades in the fall. In the East Valley, auditions will take place 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, and 6 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Chandler Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road, […]

State Senate OKs tax extension for education

The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that continues an additional .06-cent tax beginning in 2021 that will be devoted to the state’s public education system. Money generated by the tax will provide $667 million each year for 20 years. In addition, the bill shifts $64 million from a debt service program to another fund […]