The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced last week the 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix.
Among the winners:
Glendale Landmark Elementary School’s “Serving Our School” nutrition program, Peoria Liberty High School’s “Makerspace Lab” technology program, Litchfield Park Palm Valley Elementary School’s “Movement For All” fitness program and Glendale Sierra Verde STEAM Academy’s “We Have Got Some Great News For You!” technology program.
With more than 300 submissions from Arizona schools, the winning grants come from all around the state and will fund projects ranging in need from school improvements to innovative educational programs. Through the School Challenge program, the D-backs provided more than 220 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $1 million since the program launched in 2012.
Winning schools will use the grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a shower facility for homeless students to a student podcast and an agriculture education program to a coding class for elementary school kids. Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2020 D-backs game at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate more than 450 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff from each school to attend the D-backs’ game in which their school will be honored.
All public, private and nonprofit charter schools, grades K-12 were eligible and the winning schools sought to bring in funds to assist in one of four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness and school/campus improvements.
The $100,000 School Challenge is part of the organization’s overall charitable efforts and this year the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $65 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998.