West Valley teachers among Fiesta Bowl grant winners

Teachers statewide net $1M from Wishes for Teachers


As part of its mission to benefit Arizonans through youth, sports and education, the Fiesta Bowl organization and its Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program, powered by DriveTime has donated $1 million to 200 Arizona teachers for the second straight year. This $1 million granting is believed to be the largest donation to Arizona teachers, according to a Fiesta Bowl news release.

At $5,000 each for 200 teachers across the state, 48,438 students, 182 schools, 85 School Districts and 38 cities will be impacted.

West Valley schools were among those awarded.


Sonoran Sky Elementary School, 10150 W. Missouri Ave.

Highland Lakes School, 19000 N. 63rd Ave.

IntelliSchool, 4961 W. Bell Road

Independence High School, 6602 N. 75th Ave.

Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave.

Carol G. Peck School, 5810 N. 49th Ave.

Sierra Verde Elementary School, 7241 W. Rose Garden Lane

Sunburst Elementary School, 14218 N. 47th Ave.

Copper Creek Elementary School, 7071 W. Hillcrest Blvd.

Challenger Middle School, 6905 W. Maryland Ave.

Cactus High School, 6330 W. Greenway Road

Apollo High School, 8045 N. 47th Ave.

Independence High School, 6602 N. 75th Ave.


Sonoran Science Academy, 17667 N. 91st Ave.

Cotton Boll Elementary School, 8540 W. Butler Drive

West Wing School, 26716 N. High Desert Drive

Paseo Verde Elementary School, 7880 W. Greenway Road

BASIS Charter School, 9902 W. Yearling Road

Terramar Elementary School, 7000 W. Happy Valley Road


Arizona Charter Academy, 16025 N. Dysart Road

Imagine Prep, 14850 N. 156th Ave.

Legacy Traditional School, 14506 W. Sweetwater Ave.


Michael Anderson School, 45 W. N 3rd Ave.

Estrella Vista STEM Academy, 11905 W. Cocopah St.


Desert Edge High School, 15778 W. Yuma Road

Belen Soto Elementary School, 18601 W. Campbell Ave.

Mabel Padgett Elementary School, 15430 W. Turney Ave.

Western Sky Middle School, 4095 N. 144th Ave.

“It’s rewarding to see the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime program grow over the years and be the gold standard for teacher support,” Patrick Barkley, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors, stated. “We all know teachers who inspire us with selfless work, shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.”

Each fall, Arizona K-12 public or charter school teachers are invited to fill out an online application detailing their school or classroom need and, after meeting the criteria, wishes are selected by random drawing for teachers to receive a $5,000 grant.

Each of the unique 200 teacher wishes will benefit teachers and schools in technology, reading, music, fitness and more. Including this season, over the four years of the program, Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers granted $3.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 150,000 children across the state.

In addition to the financial grant, selected teachers will be recognized in the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade Saturday, Dec. 28, and on-field at the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field Friday, Dec. 27.