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Sylvan helps college-bound teens Dorrance Scholarship
SanTan Sun area parents can keep students learning over summer break with
awarded to local student
help from the Chandler-area Sylvan Learning Centers.
“Interesting and targeted summer programs can close achievement gaps and Basha High senior Lauren Graham was
help your teen go back to school or college in the fall,” says Rusty Greiff, vice honored with the Dorrance Scholarship,
president of Sylvan Learning College Prep. “Summer is a perfect time to address which provides academic and financial
classes focused on core subjects that will help your teen succeed academically.” support to Arizona’s first-generation
Summer months can be used to prepare students for college entrance exams college students.
and to develop college readiness skills. Sylvan Learning Centers offer targeted, The Arizona Community Foundation
individualized SAT/ACT programs to help improve students’ test scores. A majority sponsors the program, awarding as many
of students in Sylvan’s College Prep program increase their scores an average of as 25 scholarships annually to incoming
160 points or more for the SAT and up to five points for the ACT. freshmen at the residential campuses of
The classes are offered in small-group settings and are five to eight weeks in Arizona’s state universities. The value of
length. A 36-hour writing program and individualized plans to meet the learning each scholarship is estimated at more than
needs of college-bound students are also offered. Submitted photo $45,000.
Sylvan Learning Centers are located in Chandler, Gilbert and Ahwatukee. Call
HELP WITH TUITION: Lauren Graham, center,
“I would like to thank both my parents
800-31-SUCCESS or visit
with Basha High Principal Ken James and AP
and all of the teachers and staff at Basha
English teacher Liza Sekjora.
High School who helped me through the
process of becoming a Dorrance Scholarship recipient,” says Graham. “I’d also like
Send us your knockout
to thank the foundation for giving me the opportunity to join their program and for
investing in my education and success for the future.”
stories and photos!
Students in Chandler and Gilbert have the
opportunity to see their articles, stories, poems,
O Chandler Unified School District
editorials and illustrations in print in the SanTan Sun
May 25: Memorial Day; no school
Kids Opportunity section. Visit,
June 3: Last day of school
click on Youth and then Student Writer Permission
Slip to download a submission/permission slip. Complete the form and have
your parents sign it so we have their permission to print your material with your
byline. Then, email your submission/permission slip and writing or cartoon to as a Word file (if writing) or JPEG (if art) or pasted into the
Erie Eagles
email. If you don’t have access to email, or prefer to send your submission on disk, Kindie tour – New kindergarteners and their parents can join Erie’s principal for a tour and storytime
you may send a hard copy of the form with your entry in a Word file or JPEG on a
starting at 12:30 p.m. Tue., May 19 in the Media Center.
CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23,
Water Day – Erie’s PTO is sponsoring a Water Day for students on Fri., May 22 on the east field. Water
Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have
slides, water activities and a chance to dunk the principal will be part of the festivities. Parent volunteers
are needed; call Marianne at 480-812-6300.
SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about
New students – Erie is now enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Tuition-free all-day kindergarten is
writing and publishing, email
available as well as Priority Preschool. Call 480-812-6300 or visit
—Christine Loschiavo
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