By Nina Crowder
The Superior Unified School District receives various donations for several of the programs that the school offers to students. Without these donations the school would have a difficult time providing the courses. Patrick O’Donnell the superintendent and elementary school principal wanted to express how appreciative they are of all the donations and contributors that help make SUSD successful for the students.
The Nature Club is an environmental program for the fifth and sixth graders and the yearly funding is $5,000. Funding each year is split between Boyce Thompson Arboretum and SUSD. The funds for SUSD are provided by Resolution Copper Mine. The MAC-Ro Math Achievement Program is math initiative aimed at raising math achievement of elementary grade students. The yearly funding is $20,000 partnered with Rodel Foundation Arizona. The MAC-Ro work is completed by the students at home to incorporate the help of their parents. At the end of the year the students get to go on a big field trip. Patrick O’Donnell said, “We think the MAC-Ro is part of what is driving the student math scores up.”
The First Robotics Program is a global high school robotics program designed to ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of the basic principles of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The yearly funding is $9,000, and is provided by Resolution Copper Mine. The high school students actually get to build a robot where all the materials needed are included in the kit. The amount includes annual registration fees, cost of kit and teacher and mentor stipends.
The First LEGO Program is a global robotics program designed to ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of the basic principles of STEM. The program is for ages nine to 14 and the yearly funding is $2,500. The amount includes annual registration fees and teacher stipends and the students build a robot out of LEGOS.
The STEM Club is based for elementary students. The yearly funding is $12,000 and the program is partnered with Arizona Science Center. The amount includes annual program cost plus teacher stipend for summer STEM camp. Some events are held at the Arizona Science Center.
The River Pathways Program is a biology program to introduce students to native habitats and land management for fifth and sixth graders. The yearly funding is $12,000 and the funding is partnered with the Audubon Arizona.
The scholarships program awards two year annual scholarships valued at $3,000 to graduating Superior seniors. The amount to date, contributed by Resolution Copper, is $58,000 since 2002. Resolution Copper to date has given out $427,000 in scholarship funds throughout the United States. Superior students interested in the scholarship must apply and the funds are available for any college of the students choosing. This year Superior has 16 to 18 seniors that will graduate.
The Corporate Giving Program is a philanthropy program that provides quarterly grants to local organizations. This program began in 2007 and presently the amount to date is $20,190. The donations are provided to the athletic program, FCCLA, DECA, Prime the Pipeline Math Programs and other requests.
The Professional Development mathematics foundations center for teacher success and summer workshops in Pinal County started in 2012. The funding to date is $2,830. This funding helps with registration fees for teacher and donations to the Center for Teacher Success on behalf of SUSD.
Much of the funding and donations are provided by Resolution Copper Mine and O’Donnell wanted to express his sincere appreciation in the help provided by Resolution Copper Mine and other contributors. Our children are our future and education is an important role in shaping the future of our children’s lives.