Power is all yours

Local artists create murals to beautify community

On a recent weekday, Arizona artist Ignacio Garcia stood in front of his empty canvas: A plain mustard-brown wall next to a gas station, a car wash and a convenience store, all along a busy nondescript Phoenix street.

As he prepared the wall for the mural he planned to paint, a few curious onlookers stopped by.

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Classroom treasures

SRP volunteers sew pencil cases for underprivileged students

When 1,000 students across the Valley return to school this fall, a unique take on a back-to-school basic will be there to help them get started.

Hand-sewn pencil cases — with designs ranging from butterflies and pirates to ballerinas and dinosaurs — were made by about 40 SRP employees and retirees, along with their family and friends, who are part of a quilting club called the Kilowatt Kwilters.

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Dreaming big

First-generation college graduate thankful for scholarship

Life has already come full circle in a way for 21-year-old Julia Preston, who this month celebrated her graduation from Arizona State University.

Until just a few years ago, the Ahwatukee resident, born and raised in Arizona, would never have imagined she’d be armed with a college degree in nonprofit and leadership management.

But it’s no small coincidence that she chose that particular degree.

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Growing knowledge

SRP Learning Grant turns Valley 3rd-graders into ‘budding scientists’

Juli Harpole’s third-grade students at Weinberg Elementary School in the Chandler Unified School District have been growing tomatoes, peas, peppers and herbs. Using propagation stations in their recently set up greenhouse, they plant seeds under controlled conditions and then monitor them during the day.

“They water them, they turn the lights and warmers on and off, they’re really just like mothers taking care of their little nursery,” Harpole said. “None of this would have been possible without our partnership with SRP.”

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