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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Former Intel boss to lead BASIS schools

Dr. Craig R. Barrett, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Intel, became president and chairman of the board of BASIS School on July 1.

BASIS operates nationally recognized schools in Scottsdale and Tucson, and is opening a third campus in Oro Valley this fall.

The charter schools serve students in grades 5-12.

Barrett "is committed to making BASIS Schools a national presence," a release said.

"The average U.S. kid gets an education that is substandard, well below that found in other industrialized countries," Barrett said. "BASIS is an isolated instance of excellence in U.S. K-12 education — by the time kids get through middle school, they have taken three or four years of high school math, physics, chemistry, and biology. As more BASIS schools open around the country demonstrating what is possible, parents are going to begin to question why their kids aren't getting the same opportunity."

He and his wife, Ambassador Barbara Barrett, first learned of BASIS Schools in 2006, when they visited the BASIS Scottsdale Middle School campus and sat in on courses in seventh-grade chemistry and eighth-grade algebra II.

The Barretts are founding contributors to the BASIS Scottsdale Master Teacher Campaign. They support the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Barrett received degrees in materials science from Stanford University and joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering upon completing his Ph.D. He has authored more than 40 technical papers, as well as a textbook on materials science entitled "Principles of Engineering Materials."

ICS collecting school supplies for needy kids

Interfaith Community Services is collecting school supplies for low-income students.

Students are required to bring their own supplies to school, and the cost can easily run $100 per child, a release said.

The agency is accepting backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, crayons, markers/highlighters, rulers, scissors, folders, glue sticks, pencil boxes, colored pencils, protractors and erasers at its 2820 West Ina location through July 19.

For more information, call 297-6049.

Junior ranger program Friday at Saguaro West

A one-day junior ranger program for children ages 6 to 12 is being held this Friday, July 15, at Saguaro National Park West.

The event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., includes a variety of fun, hands-on activities such as hiking, exploring the great outdoors, looking for animals and their tracks, searching for secret stuff on a scavenger hunt, games and crafts.

The day camp will be held at the park's environmental education center, near the Red Hills Visitor Center. The visitor center is located at 2700 North Kinney Road, approximately two miles northwest of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

Fee for the camp is $10.

As space is limited, advanced registration is required. For additional information, or to register a child for the camp, contact Ranger Adrian Garcia at 733-8614, or by e-mail at SNPandKids@gmail.com.

'Stuff the Bus' still in need of school supplies

School supplies are being accepted for the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign put on by the Tucson Association of Realtors.

Each area school district has one designated Walgreens store for people to make donations. Locally, the designated Walgreen's are at 2175 W. Ina for the Amphitheater School District, 7800 N. Cortaro for the Marana Unified School District, 1415 W. River for the Flowing Wells School District, and 7877 W. Snyder for the Catalina Foothills School District.

Drives for those four districts began Thursday, July 1.

Donations can also be made at the TAR office, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Monday through Friday during business hours.

Needed items:

Notebook binders, three-ring binders, note cards, stickers, pencils, construction paper, crayons, dry-erase markers, easel pads, erasers, folders, glue, glue sticks, hand-held pencil sharpeners, highlighters, tissue paper, lined notebook paper, markers, newsprint, notebook paper, paper clips, pencils, pens, poster board, printer paper, safety scissors, scissors, spiral notebooks and tape.

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