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Giving Initiatives

Student Scholarships

The Kyrene Foundation provides funding for Athletic and Community Education scholarships for students and families in need. Studies show that students involved in enrichment programs feel more bonded to their school and demonstrate improved academic performance. Community Education scholarships help to cover before and after school care for working parents, intramurals, and enrichment programs in STEM, art, language, and more. The recipients are identified and awarded in conjunction with the Kyrene School District. In the ’23-’24 school year, the Kyrene Foundation provided $30,000 of scholarships benefitting a number of students across the district!

Student Recognition

Kyrene Super Students

Kyrene Super Students are identified by their schools for exemplifying the traits in the Portrait of a Kyrene Kid. The Kyrene Foundation provides the Super Students with a $25 gift card that is awarded at the Governing Board meetings.

Slater Newman Awards

The Slater Newman award recognizes 8th graders who exemplify leadership in the areas of philanthropy and community service. Each year, two outstanding 8th graders per school are nominated by their teachers and are presented with the award at the 8th grade promotion ceremony. The Kyrene Foundation is pleased to provide award recipients with a $100 gift card for their accomplishments. The Slater Newman award is named in honor of Socorro Slater and Diane Newman, the two district employees that founded the Kyrene Foundation.

Holiday Giving

Turkey Day

Our annual Turkey Day event provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need across the Kyrene School District. The Foundation partners with local organizations to provide either a food box with Thanksgiving staples, or a gift card to purchase the food of their choice. Each year, the Turkey Day program serves approximately 200 families in need.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland provides families in need with a holiday meal as well as holiday gifts for all the children in the family. This is one of our largest giving events and is entirely made possible by the generosity of community donations. In 2023, our Winter Wonderland event provided meals to 266 families and gifts to 1630 children. 

Teachers and Staff

Classroom & School Mini-Grants

Each fall, the Kyrene Foundation provides classroom mini-grants to teachers looking to enhance the learning experience of their students. Kyrene teachers may apply for a classroom grant up to $500 to fund items such as guest speakers, supplies, equipment, or educational study trips. In addition, the Kyrene Foundation grants one principal grant each funding cycle for up to $1000. Submissions are evaluated based on criteria such as reach, impact to student's learning, and connection to the Kyrene School District curriculum. Past recipients were able to purchase atlases, book sets, and microscopes for their classrooms, fund field trips, and carry out classroom projects such as an edible garden. Check out the links below to see the impact of our mini-grant programs.
The Kyrene Foundation was proud to award the most recent principal grant to Paloma Elementary School to help fund the Janet Tobias Harmony Park project. The Harmony Park is a permanent installation of outdoor instruments that gives children an opportunity to experiment, cooperate, and engage in expressive play. Your donation to the Kyrene Foundation will help fund the '22-'23 school year classroom grant program and directly fund programs that enhance the classroom experience for students.
Kyrene educators, check back in July for more information on the ’24-’25 school year grant cycle.

New Teacher Gift Cards

The Kyrene Foundation provides gift cards to new teachers to help offset the costs of setting up their new classroom and purchasing classroom supplies. The gift cards are distributed at the New Teacher Orientation our new teachers are so appreciative for the support, which is made possible by donations such as yours.

Staff Recognition

Years of Service Recognition

The Kyrene Foundation recognizes teachers and staff for reaching years of service milestones. Employees are awarded with a certificate, commemorative pin, and a gift card to spend on their classroom or themselves. Each year nearly 100 employees are recognized, with some achieving 30 or more years of service!

Staff Retirement

The Kyrene Foundation co-hosts the annual employee retirement celebration in partnership with the Kyrene School District. The Kyrene Foundation funds lunch for retiring staff and their guests as well as an engraved clock and certificate for the retirees. 

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