Tucson schools: Howenstine High building house; New dictionaries for Lyons third graders; Sunnyside override support

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Howenstine High Magnet school held a wall raising Wednesday for a new home they're building with Habitat for Humanity.

One of the school's goals is to partner closely with families and local service-oriented organizations like habitat for humanity, so that kids get a real-world education.

"What we do is take the classroom learning and apply it to the community so this one of the best ways to do so," said Howenstine High Magnet School Principal Maritza Nunez.

Howenstine High combines community service with hands-on teaching in small classes in order to improve student achievement.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Third graders at Lyons Elementary School received some new dictionaries.

About 30 students met at the school library and received the books from the Catalina Rotary Club.

The program allows children who may not have a dictionary at home access to one.

"It's wonderful to know that there are people in the community that care enough time to raise the funds and come out to school to support education what more could we want in our world," said Lyons Elementary Principal Sheila Govern.

The club has donated dictionaries to third graders in the area since 2006.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Local community leaders are speaking in support of Sunnyside School District.

They're pushing for voters to pass upcoming bond and override initiatives on the November 8 ballot.

They point to progress made in improving graduation numbers and transforming the district's image, as to why the funding needs to continue.

"Everybody's been very, very positive.  The community's been very jazzed up about this election.  I know we expect some great returns and support.  I think the community is very enthusiastic about continuing the growth spurt of the district," said Raul Aguirre.

A number of local politicians spoke on behalf of the initiatives Wednesday.