D-backs announce 22 winning schools in $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced today the 22 winning schools in the "D-backs $100,000 School Challenge," presented by University of Phoenix. With more than 200 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 have provided more than 140 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $750,000 since the program launched in 2012.
 
Winning schools will use the grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a fitness trail to new musical instruments and a preserve greenhouse to a peer mentor character-building program. Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2017 D-backs game next April and May at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate more than 400 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff from each school to attend the D-backs' game in which their school will be honored.
 
Submissions from teachers and faculty came from 10 counties in the state and 40 cities. 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 winning schools were:

School Program Name/Purpose Location Category
ACCEL Eye Gazing Training Phoenix Innovation/Technology
Alhambra High School ESL Literacy Technology Phoenix Educational Programs
Carson Junior High School System Forty-Four Mesa Educational Programs
CASA Academy Literacy Through Comprehension Phoenix Educational Programs
C.J. Jorgensen Educational Phoenix School Improvements
Concordia Charter School Google Expeditions Mesa Innovation/Technology
Ingleside Middle School Library Learning Hub Phoenix School Improvements
Ira A. Murphy Elementary School Peer Mentor House Program Peoria Educational Programs
Kyrene de las Brisas Books for Background Knowledge Chandler Educational Programs
Larry C. Kennedy Intramural Sports and Nutrition Program Phoenix Nutrition/Fitness
Metro Tech High School Exploring Computer Science Phoenix Innovation/Technology
Metro Tech High School Floral Design Small Business Operations Phoenix School Improvements
Mingus Union High School Model Classroom Cottonwood Educational Programs
Mountain Valley High School The Pride Preserve Greenhouse Phoenix School Improvements
Papago School Hands on Algebra Phoenix Educational Programs
Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy Fitness Garden Phoenix Nutrition/Fitness
Ron Watson Middle School Real Math - Quilting Yuma Educational Programs
Sahuarita Intermediate School There's Music in the Air Sahuarita Educational Programs
South Mountain High School Sports Statistics Phoenix Educational Programs
Stanfield Elementary School The Fitness Trail to Academic Success Stanfield School Improvements
Sunnyslope High School Girls Up Phoenix Educational Programs
Weinberg Elementary School Makey Makey Project Gilbert Innovation/Technology

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 $49 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998.