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2019 ASBA Golden Bell Promise Program Award


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Sacaton Elementary School District’s Legacy Community Orchard

Sacaton Elementary School District received the Arizona School Board Association Golden Bell Promise Program Award for their Legacy Community Orchard. This project began in 2017 and has been supported through Impact Aid and Tribal funds. Students have been involved every step of the way including the planting, maintaining, and harvesting of 144 fruit trees planted (orange, fig, grapefruit, tangelo, lemon, pomegranate, plum, and peach).  In 2018, the district was recognized as the state winner for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for their student-created device that safely removes rodents from the orchard area. In 2019, the focus supported building sustainability in the orchard, therefore, an underground irrigation system was installed. 


The Legacy Community Orchard Project extends learning opportunities throughout the year by developing conceptual understanding of mathematics and increases academic rigor and academic vocabulary across all grade levels. The Legacy Community Orchard Project was featured on channel 3 TV news station with Dave the Garden Guy. The work continues in maintaining the orchard to ensure the harvest of fruit makes its way to the school cafeteria and kitchens of community members for their enjoyment. An outdoor classroom has recently been added to provide a sitting area that will enable community and students alike to relish in the O’otham people’s rich agricultural history. 

The future of the Legacy Community Orchard continues to expand as Sacaton Elementary School District was recently awarded the NAFIS Stepping Stone grant this winter. This initiative supports the creation of a Health and Wellness Habitat that will be home for future animals such as tortoises. Students will develop academic, social, and emotional skills by building nurturing relationships with these animals.

Sacaton Elementary School District is extremely grateful for the support received through Impact Aid as they continue to pave a bright future ahead for the students of Gila River Indian Community!  

Our mission is to engage students to take ownership of their learning, embrace their culture, and contribute to the world around them!

Before, After and Aerial Views                                         


Sacaton Community Orchard Project Makes the Channel 3 News!

 The Community Orchard - Rebooted!
Background Information

Effective expenditure of Gila River Indian Community Tribal Education Allocation Monies on activities and projects addressing agriculture is the project focus.  Our goals are to foster communications between the school and community; develop students with the agricultural skill and knowledge of their heritage; support district wide agricultural initiatives. 

A couple of years ago, staff members were made aware that a citrus orchard had existed on campus following the construction of the school in 1978. The orchard had been a successful endeavor, however, the citrus trees had been removed when a previous superintendent embarked on a different project using the space occupied by the orchard.

Channel 3 Segment #2

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P.O. Box 98 • 92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
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