Metro Tech has Won Two $5,000 Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix School Challenge Grants

Posted by Communications on 11/23/2016

Metro Tech has won two $5,000 Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix School Challenge grants as part of the Dbacks $100,000 School Challenge initiative.  The Floral Design Small Business Operations project will use the funds to purchase a sliding glass door floral display cooler, allowing the students to showcase their work in the shop, and boast sales.  Remaining funds will purchase other displays, signage and menu boards.  The grant application was submitted by Jennifer Colvin, Floral Design-Small Business Operations teacher.


Another grant went to Metro’s new program, Exploring Computer Science, which encourages urban students to either major in computer science, or become more computer literate. The funds will be used to purchase 20 of the latest laptops for the class.  Students recommended a laptop that can handle podcasts, digital media projects and other innovative creations that would be accessible for students.  Teacher Maria Piazza-Palotto submitted the application.


In addition to the funding, the Diamondbacks will invite the school to be honored prior to a 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field, receiving up to 450 complimentary tickets for students, teachers, families and supporters to attend this presentation.


The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration was held at Metro Tech High School, October 29.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Masters Gardeners.  Approximately 1500 people were on campus for activities ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival included over 20 local vendors and 18 Metro Tech clubs that sold student made items, cultural food, flowers, baked goods, and provided activities for children and assistance to the attendees with their purchases.  There were also rummage sales and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.