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Peoria Unified MET Academy students craft ornaments for children in foster care


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  • Erin Dunsey   |   Peoria Unified School District

Peoria Unified's MET Professional Academy Students Created 280 Holiday Ornaments For Children In Foster Care In Phoenix. Photo Courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Peoria Unified School District’s MET Professional Academy students recently crafted 280 holiday ornaments for Arizona Sunshine Angels, a non-profit organization that supports foster children living in group homes within the Phoenix metropolitan area.

MET Professional Academy students spent hours during class and after school on early release days to design and engrave the ornaments for children in foster care. Included with the ornaments, which are engraved with their name and a holiday-themed graphic, are written cards by the students and toiletries to donate to the group homes.

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Peoria Unified’s MET Professional Academy students write cards to the recipients of their ornaments. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

The students wanted to give back during this holiday season and thought that this gesture would provide the children with a small token they can keep with them regardless of where they are staying. 

Liberty High School and MET Professional Academy Senior, Hunter Cordova, who spearheaded this effort, says the project is a great way to give back to the community using the instruments he learned to use in the MET Professional Academy program.

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Ornaments created by students in Peoria Unified’s MET Professional Academy for children in foster care in Phoenix. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

“I thought this could be really meaningful and impactful for the kids,” shared Hunter. “Knowing that they may not get many gifts this year, an ornament with their name and a letter may mean a lot to them.”

The MET Professional Academy is a signature STEM program in the Peoria Unified School District for sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend one of the district’s seven high schools.  MET students attend their home high school for part of the day and attend the MET Professional Academy the other part.

At the MET, students are immersed in a professional setting and gain valuable experience working with industry professionals who help them learn through authentic projects and work experiences.

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Peoria Unified’s MET Professional Academy students create ornaments and write cards for children in foster care. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students.

Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona.

The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs.

The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”

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Peoria Unified’s MET Professional Academy students created 280 holiday ornaments for children in foster care in Phoenix. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District