Glendale schools among those D-backs awarded in grant challenge

Statewide program has granted more than $1M to schools since 2012


The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix.

With more than 300 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 220 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $1 million since the program launched in 2012.

Two Glendale schools were among those awarded. Glendale Landmark Elementary School, 5730 W. Myrtle Ave., in the program/purpose “Serving Our School” and the “Nutrition/Fitness” category; and Sierra Verde STEAM Academy, 7241 W. Rose Garden Lane, in the program/purpose “We Have Got Some GREAT NEWS For You!” and the “Innovation/Technology” category.

Winning schools will use the grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a shower facility for homeless students to a student podcast and an agriculture education program to a coding class for elementary school kids. Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2020 D-backs game at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate more than 450 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff from each school to attend the D-backs’ game in which their school will be honored.

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.