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San Cayetano Elementary is a finalist in Lowe’s education writing campaign

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  • Carol Cullen/Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35


A letter written by Sophia Renteria, fifth grade student at San Cayetano Elementary, was selected as a top ten finalist in Lowe’s national education writing campaign, “Letters to Lowe’s.”  If selected as one of the final four, San Cayetano in Rio Rico will receive $25,000 to use toward making the school “a better place to learn.” San Cayetano is the only Arizona school in the top ten.

In her letter, Renteria explained that the money would be used to provide a shade structure for the school playground – a shade structure to protect against 90 to 100-degree temperatures in direct sunlight.

San Cayetano Elementary is a finalist in Lowe’s education writing campaign LetterHP“San Cayetano Elementary is in a rural area and our budget is very small,” said Renteria. “We cannot afford the shade structure. Our parents have tried to raise the money, but we still don’t have enough.”

Megan Lewis, Corporate Public Relations for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., told San Cayetano officials that the final four will be determined through “community involvement in voting.”  The final four with the highest number of votes will receive $25,000 each. Lewis provided directions on voting.

“You will only be able to vote once every 24 hours from the same computer,” said Lewis.  “Voting will begin Monday, October 26 and will end on Friday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.”

For more information, and to vote, visit:

For more information about the San Cayetano playground plans, contact Stephanie Campbell at

Background:  Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The district operates five schools. Approximately 3,420 students are enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year.