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School Is Back in Session

Salt River Elementary School students received a free backpack on the first day of school in August.

Youngsters in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community returned to the classroom in early August after summer break.

The first day of school at Salt River Schools was August 5, and surrounding Valley schools started a day or so after.

At Salt River Elementary School, each student received a free backpack during a special afternoon celebration on the first day. The backpack distribution was coordinated through Playworks, a nonprofit that works with schools to “rethink recess.”

Benita Francisco, 11, started sixth grade at SRES and said she was excited to be back. She received a backpack. Her favorite part of school is “seeing new teachers and seeing my friends and learning new stuff,” she said.

SRES has an open house and curriculum night scheduled for August 15. Salt River High School and the Accelerated Learning Academy have theirs on August 20 and 22, respectively. The Early Childhood Education Center hosted its open house on August 13. Fall break is October 7-11.

For the complete academic calendar at Salt River Schools or for questions about your school, visit or call (480) 362-2500. For all other area schools, visit their respective website for calendar info.