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Four Arizona schools get small windfall from college football

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Schools in four Arizona districts received a nice surprise on Monday from the committee organizing the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship.

All four districts were awarded money for pet projects.

Teachers around the country have been creating wish lists on the website DonorsChoose.org. Monday, the Arizona Organizing Committee handed out nearly $209,000, granting some of those wishes to schools in Tempe, Yuma, Phoenix and Pinal County.

The breakdown is:

City of Phoenix schools: 158 classroom projects, $115,009

Pinal County School District: 46 classroom projects, $26,467

City of Tempe schools: Five classroom projects, $3,026

Yuma School District: 75 classroom projects, $64,362

Rover Elementary School in Tempe will buy iPads for kindergartners with the money. Principal Mark Eley said he’s grateful

“Having these is going to open up a whole new window for these kids and hopefully get them more engaged in technology earlier,” Principal Mark Eley said.

He said teaching technological skills to youngsters even when they’re really young is very important.

“All of the job market is pointing to technology so we want them to prepare for the future and kindergarten is a great place to start,” Eley said.

The other wishes fulfilled included art and classroom supplies, books, graphing calculators and tablets, and gardening and lab materials for hands-on learning opportunities. The funding is part of the AOC’s larger commitment to providing $1 million in charitable contributions as the host of next year’s national championship game

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