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PHOENIX — Seven Pinal County schools have received $5,000 grants from the charity foundation of Arizona Public Service Co.

The seven schools selected randomly to receive the grants from the APS Foundation are Coolidge High School, Picacho School, Vista Grande High School, Arizona City Elementary, Superior Junior-Senior High School, Anthem Elementary and First Avenue Elementary School in Florence.

The APS Supply My School grants from the APS Foundation are unrestricted and can be used by principals to help them meet their most pressing needs.

The awards are a new twist on the program, which was established in 2018 as a way for Arizona teachers in APS service areas to enter for a chance to be randomly selected to receive a $500 grant to spend on classroom supplies.

“We want our teachers and administrators to be able to focus on student success,” says Tina Marie Tentori, executive director of the APS Foundation, “and one way we can help make that happen is to give them some extra funding to meet their school’s needs — whether it’s for PPE, cleaning supplies, school supplies, training or technology. Each school principal will decide how the funds will be used to best serve their school.”

The APS Foundation supports programs that enhance academic achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Since 1981, the foundation has invested more than $44 million in projects throughout Arizona that help prepare students to compete in a 21st century economy.

To find out more information, visit APS.com/foundation.

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