Blue Ribbon Schools

“Shine The Dome!”
The Arizona CENTennial Penny Drive, the official children’s legacy project ended on April 15. Almost 69,000  K-8 students across the state participated in raising pennies to shine the Arizona State Capitol Copper Dome as it serves as the centerpiece for the upcoming Centennial celebrations on February 14, 2012!

Top penny raising school in the state and winner of the Grand Prize Party…

ESTES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Marana, Pima County!  Estes Elementary with a student body of 720 raised $1,309.70!  Congratulations Estes Eagles!!

The 15 Arizona County & Blue Ribbon winners are:

  • Apache County – Concho Elementary School, Concho
  • Cochise County – Pearce Elementary School, Pearce
  • Coconino County – Fredonia Elementary School, Fredonia
  • Gila County – Pine-Strawberry School, Pine
  • Graham County – Lafe Nelson Elementary School, Safford
  • Greenlee County – Duncan Elementary School, Duncan
  • La Paz County – Bouse Elementary School, Bouse
  • Maricopa County – Cactus View Elementary School, Phoenix
  • Mohave County – Topock Elementary School, Topock
  • Navajo County – Joseph City Elementary School, Joseph City
  • Pima County – Los Ranchitos Elementary School, Tucson
  • Pinal County – Cactus Middle School, Casa Grande
  • Santa Cruz County – Elgin Elementary School, Santa Cruz
  • Yavapai County – Camp Verde Elementary, Camp Verde
  • Yuma County – Gila Vista Jr. High, Yuma

As Edmund a 5th grader at Monterey Park Learning Center in Phoenix, said, “The drive was cool. Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. This was fun!”

Arizona students embraced the Penny Drive project with unbridled enthusiasm!  The dozens of comments and photos we received from teachers have been terrific!  Some of those pictures can be viewed on this web page.  As we look move forward to our 100th Statehood Day, we wish to express our deep appreciation to all the students, teachers and principals, who worked hard to raise pennies to “shine the dome!”

Penny Drive by the numbers:

– 118 schools
– 68,976 students
– 15 counties
– 50 AZ Cities & Towns

“No matter how big or how small the contribution is, we have learned that as long as we work together, we can make a difference in our world.”  Keiryn, 5th Grader, Lafe Nelson Elementary School, Safford.


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