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Brisas kids shine


Dec. 16, 2006

Students at Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School are giving back this holiday season.

Children in the classrooms of Debbie Cartwright and Sandi Klotz buddied up to stuff more than 300 Christmas stockings for children receiving services from the Kyrene Family Resource Center.

Parents of children in the two classes, as well as Brisas staff members and the parents of other Brisas students, donated the stockings and most of the supplies.

The students began their work at 8 a.m. one recent school day and expected to continue “until they were finished or ran out of steam,” said Cartwright, a multi-age teacher in the school’s combined first- and second-grade program.

Among the stocking stuffers were small toys, treats, snacks, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Once stuffed, the stockings were to be set aside for donation to less-fortunate families at Brisas’ annual Winter Wonderland event, a collaborative project with Kyrene Schools Community Foundation, 21st Century Community Learning Center and Kids Corner program.

Local businesses, including San Tan Carpet, the Robert D. Walker orthodontics practice, McDonald’s and Costco, also provided support.

The district’s family resource center provides food, clothing, gently used household items and resource referral for needy families.

Winter Wonderland is held annually at Kyrene de los Niños School.

Information: Amanda Hamm, (480) 783-2295, or


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