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The Kyrene Family Resource Center needs your help!

The Resource Center supports students in need at all 25 schools in the District. In just one month, from February 1st - February 28th we distributed 114 food boxes serving 502 individuals.

Our food bags follow pantry guidelines and are designed to feed a family of 4 for 1 week. Kyrene families are able to visit the Resource Center ONCE per month, so the numbers reflected above are an unduplicated count. With 8 weeks left in the school year, averaging 30-40 food boxes per week, we need donations for about 280 food boxes. We are currently low or out of many food items.

Please consider holding a neighborhood, office or school food drive for Kyrene students! If you can host one of the following donation drives, please email Amanda Nosbisch at anosbisch@kyrene.org.

Donation Drives Needed

  • Rice and Dry Beans
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc)
  • Cereal

Thank you!

-Kyrene Family Resource Center

Teacher of the Year Nominations are underway

The Kyrene Foundation sponsored an orientation for Kyrene teachers to learn more about the Arizona Education Foundation's Teacher of the Year nomination process. The Foundation and the Kyrene School District will support Kyrene applicants with mentorship, and editing of application. To view the complete Power Point please click here. If you would like more information, please contact Susan Cormier, KEA President at scormier@kyrene.org

Winter Wonderland a success in serving over 800 children

On December 10, the Board Room at the Ben Furlong Center was turned into a Winter Wonderland. The room was filled with gifts of toys and Christmas stockings donated and prepared to provide joy for nearly 250 local needy families serving over 800 children!

That morning as families arrived, volunteers became personal shoppers as they chose toys. Over 1600 gifts were expertly wrapped and labeled by another team of volunteers while parents relaxed in our lounge with donated refreshments and live entertainment provided by the Desert Vista High School Orchestra ensemble and Puebo's Show Choir.

In its tenth year, this massive effort to ensure a brighter holiday for Kyrene school children in need was made possible by many schools, along with community groups, individuals and businesses.

We are thankful for the many employees and other volunteers who have joined in and helped us address the ever-increasing needs of our Kyrene Community.

View a picture slideshow of the event.



Foundation road-clean-up volunteers

Nine volunteers cleaned up the section of Warner Road adopted by the Kyrene Foundation on June 3rd, including three boys and two moms from East Valley Boys' Service Club, two sisters (the one second from the left is seven months pregnant and still wanted to help!), and Foundation Board Member Kelly Alexander and son.

Discount on Computer Software and Hardware

Journey Ed provides special pricing for all staf and students in the Kyrene School District. Please visit their website at http://www.JourneyEd.com/ for pricing and selection information.

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Help for parents of children birth to age 5:

A First Things First counselor is available to talk to parents of children ages birth-5, at the Resource Center each Tuesday. The counselor will meet with parents for a total of 5 consecutive sessions. To schedule a session with the counselor please contact Scott Dolinsek at 480-783-3489.

Back to school backpacks

Thanks to the Real Gift Foundation, August 21st the Kyrene Family Resource Center received 300 new backpacks with school supplies which were then delivered to Kyrene homeless families the following week. Additionally, our generous community collected 250 backpacks that were distributed to other families in need. There are 430 identified homeless students in the Kyrene School District and 4,770 children are on either free or reduced lunch.

Operation School Bell

On Sept. 1st, 23 Niños students and 23 Norte students participated in Operation School Bell with the East Valley Assistance League, a program that provides new clothing to children in need. On Sept 8, 2010, 18 Lomas students, 22 Sureño students, and 5 CMS students also participated in Operation School Bell. Each child received 2 pairs of pants, 2 tops, 1 sweatshirt or jacket, socks, underwear, and a pair of shoes. The Kyrene Foundation paid for the transportation which allowed students to participate in this event. In total, the East Valley Assistance League is providing new clothing for 90 Kyrene students.

Kyrene Connects - Breakfast of Champions event

Thanks go out to the Kyrene District Office Staff who kicked off the new school year with a Sports themed event . Head Coach David Schauer provided Breakfast Burritos and as seen in the photo, about 180 boxes of cereal were collected for families in need.

Reusable Bag Project

The Foundation Board is looking for sponsors to help subsidize reusable bags for the Resource Center. Families receive emergency food bags with staple items included and the foundation would like to provide non-plastic bags for their use. Call 480-541-1520 if you can help.