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Family Involvement

Community Events and Restaurant Nights

Desert Shadows Elementary is a community focused school, and we are always looking for ways to bring our families and community together. Our PTA and School hosts numerous events throughout the year. These include:

  • BINGO Night
  • Literacy Night
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Concerts and Performances
  • STEAM Night
  • Talent Show
  • Beautification/Love Our Schools Day
  • Valentine's Day Dance
  • Spring Carnival
  • Restaurant Nights

Local businesses happily support Desert Shadows Elementary, too. Several times a year, we host restaurant nights. When your family brings their school flyer advertising the restaurant night and dine, the restaurant donates a percentage of your bill to our school, usually 15 to 20 percent.

Tax Credit Donations and Other Ways to Support Desert Shadows Elementary

Making a contribution to receive an Arizona public education tax credit is simple. You can get a tax credit for up to $200 for an individual or $400 per married couple. Donations must be received by December 31st to receive the tax credit for the current year.

Credit eligible fees paid and contributions made to a public school from January 1 through April 15 of the calendar year may be used as a tax credit on the prior year's tax return. For additional information, call (602) 449-2049.

Arizona tax law allows taxpayers a credit for contributions made or fees paid to a public school for support of extracurricular activities or character education (as defined in ARS 15-719). If married taxpayers file separate returns, each spouse may claim one-half of the credit that would have been allowed on a joint return. Extracurricular activities such as sports, band, speech and debate or overnight field trips are generally not fully funded by school districts, so your donation directly supports students.

Learn More About Tax Credit Donations

Friday Sales

On Fridays after school, look for treats like Rita's Italian Ice for sale on the Desert Shadows Elementary front lawn. Our school receives a percentage back on these purchases, usually 15 percent. A treat for you is also a treat for us!

Fry's Community Rewards

Simply link your Fry's V.I.P. card to Desert Shadows Elementary School to begin earning for our school. Every time you shop using your Fry's V.I.P. card we will earn rewards. To register your V.I.P. card, go to Fry's website and search "Community Rewards Program". Our organization number is 80503.

PTA Fundraisers

Our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) sponsors fundraisers annually that benefit our students, teachers and staff. These fundraisers may change from year-to-year, but look for fundraisers that provide a means for an open donation or fundraisers where you can purchase products while benefiting our school at the same time.  

There are numerous opportunities for families and community members to support Desert Shadows Elementary School. Look for excellent programs like Box Tops that are great ways to earn money for our school without spending any extra of your own money. Please contact the school office or any PTA representative for further information.