In the fall of 2019, Marana Unified School District is opening a new school. The school is Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8. CSTEM stands for Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will have Chromebooks to use as a learning tool at school. Students in third through eighth grade will even have the ability to take their Chromebooks home to continue learning and complete their homework or other assignments.

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 “One Day in the Desert” by Anna Keener informs you of animals that you can find in the desert that are unusual! For example, there are shrimp in the desert! If you want to know how shrimp survive here, read this awesome book!

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 Do you like buying things online? Well, go to amazon.com.  There are many things to buy on Amazon and they are coming to Tucson!

I got to visit the new building. It is one mile long and ó mile wide; a total of1.7 million square feet. ActualAmazon trucks can offload andreload in the 86-truck loading dock.

The neatest part about the building is that it will have a train depot to load and off-load stuff too! The building will also have 96 air conditioners that will be put on the building by helicopters!

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 Recently a traveling production of “Cats” performed at Centennial Hall. “Cats” is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber that is based on the book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Elliot.

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On May 17, I attended the dedication ceremony for the new H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity, to be run by Gospel Rescue Mission. It will be a one-stop source of shelter and services for the homeless and needy of Tucson. The idea behind the center is to provide the needy with all services they will need to get back on their feet while they are “home.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Humberto and Czarina Lopez were some of the guest speakers at the ceremony. I had a chance to interview some of them, including the governor.

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 In Japan, scientists and engineers have worked together to create the maglev train. Maglev means magnetic levitation. Unlike other trains, this train does not have any wheels, but instead runs with magnets.

Imagine driving to work, and you’re going to be late because of all the traffic. The maglev train was built for this purpose. This train makes a faster, easier trip for anybody in a hurry. It does not pollute the environment as other trains do.

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You can earn a free visit to Reid Park Zoo and other prizes by reading this summer. Pima County Public Library, Bookmans, and Barnes & Noble offer kids rewards for summer reading.

A Universe of Stories, the Pima County Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program gives kids a reading tracker that includes a coupon for one free child admission to Reid Park Zoo (www.library.pima.gov/

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Have you ever wanted to be an author and wondered what it takes to write a best seller? Lisa McMann was able to share some thoughts about her life as an author, her work ethic, and what influenced her to become a writer in a recent phone interview. Then in March, she was in town for the Tucson Festival of Books. She came to meet with fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade classes at my school.

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