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Book donation benefits schools

Kiwanis de Amigos donated more than 325 chapter books to fifth- and sixth-grade students at Walter Douglas Elementary.

Their teachers suggested some titles to the organization, which does charity work to serve children and families in Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the group recently delivered the boxes of books.

The organization also arranged a donation of books for younger students at six elementary schools in Flowing Wells and Sunnyside school districts.

Kiwanis de Amigos welcomes new members and volunteers, who can join virtual meetings held every other Tuesday at 7 a.m. For information about the Kiwanis de Amigos, go to

5th-grade essay contest now open

Arizona’s Education Savings Plan, or AZ529, is holding its second annual essay writing contest for fifth-graders throughout the state.

To enter, applicants need to write an essay answering the question: What is your dream job, and how do you plan on achieving it in the future?

The contest is open now and will run through May 29. There will be 20 winners who will each earn $529 toward a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan account. Judges will select one winner from each of Arizona’s 15 counties and an additional five winners in Maricopa and Pima counties due to higher populations.


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