P-S Student Council Earns State Honors

Students from the Pine Strawberry School displayed their pride in having a drug-free campus by forming a red ribbon during their annual Red Ribbon Week.

Students from the Pine Strawberry School displayed their pride in having a drug-free campus by forming a red ribbon during their annual Red Ribbon Week.


If you want to know what a community is like, visit the local school, as it is a true reflection of the community in which you live. At the Pine Strawberry School it is apparent how much the residents value their school and children.

The week of Oct. 24, Pine Strawberry School observed Red Ribbon Week, with a 4-mile Safe and Drug Free Walk on Wednesday beginning and ending at the school.

Participants formed a red ribbon and student council members carried a banner. The Pine Strawberry Fire Department and Gila County Sheriff’s Posse provided support.

The Pine Strawberry School Student Council took top honors last year at the state convention, and on Nov. 8, will present two workshops to other student councils in the state of Arizona at the State Leadership Conference in Mesa.

This attests to the great leadership skills being developed within the Pine Strawberry School, who continually strive to meet the needs of students and families and preserve small town values. They develop new programs that are responsive to the needs of the children, attract and retain high-quality employees, and provide a safe and welcoming campus, in spite of greatly reduced federal and state funding.

Watch for a flier in your mailboxes on tax deductible donations that you can make to your local school. Whether you have children in school or not, supporting your local school helps build a stronger community.


There are many benefits to living in Pine and Strawberry. We have the finest scenery, outdoor recreation, school, festivals, people, and Tellabration. It is Tellabration time again, the Saturday before Thanksgiving worldwide event.

Storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in many cities and towns. If you have never been to one, you are missing something special!

Professional storytellers are coming to Pine from all over the country to lend their talents to an important fund-raiser for our community. Proceeds from this annual event will benefit the eighth grade class at Pine Elementary and the Pine Strawberry fuel management group which works here to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

You can be captivated and mesmerized by the nation’s top storytellers while helping our Pine Strawberry School students and the community at large.

The event takes place Nov. 19 at the Pine Community Center. Doors open in the Cultural Hall at 6:30 p.m.

It is the best $5 you will ever spend for admission to a great show (stories recommended for ages 11 and up).

For a really special evening, you can have dinner with the storytellers for $25 for both dinner and show. There will be a meet and greet at 5 p.m., and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call 928-476-6427.


Hailey Bridges waits for the Pirate Wheel to stop spinning and hopes for an edible chocolate prize.

Honoring veterans

Many Veterans Day programs will be taking place Nov. 11 in schools across the United States, and many more events are scheduled in the Rim Country and across the U.S. on Veterans Day.

I want to tell you about a very special event for veterans taking place Friday, Nov. 18 at the Pine Strawberry School. A completely student-planned and run veterans assembly will take place at 8:15 a.m. in the school gym.

The community and veterans are invited to attend this event at the school on Randall Place in Pine.

The event will include student awards, two plays for veterans, patriotic songs and an introduction of veterans.

Jan Clark, student council adviser for the Pine Strawberry School and 15-year faculty member, who oversees the program, expressed pride in the students for the heart and effort that they put into the program.

I hope the veterans will attend in support of our great Strawberry and Pine students and to get the recognition they have earned for their service to the U.S. We are proud of our students and our veterans.


Beautiful fall and Thanksgiving décor is available at the Pine Thrift Store. This week, lamps are half off and ladies tops are three for $1. Nov. 9 through Nov. 12, small kitchen appliances and Christmas items will be half off. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

The Arts and Crafts Guild annual Christmas Boutique is weekends at the Pine Community Center Craft Room starting at 10 a.m.

Lasso up for the Rim Country Quilt Roundup at the Mazatzal Casino Nov. 11 to 13.

Do some Christmas shopping Nov. 12 at the 2nd Saturday Shop Hop, as Pine store owners roll out the red carpet for you. For Shop Hop, the Thrift Store will have 50 percent off on all clothing (except coats).

Celebrate the season at the annual Festival of Lights at the Pine Community Center on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. They will have a Christmas Craft Fair in the Cultural Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Then be there with bells on at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and bring your flashlight for the Jingle Bell Parade led by Santa himself — along with Mrs. Claus.

Get your picture with Santa and enjoy the tree lighting and refreshments. Bring an ornament to hang on the tree, and most importantly, a can of food for the food bank.

Calling all angels ... it’s time for the Pine Strawberry Food Bank Turkey Drive. Please drop off frozen turkeys at the Ponderosa Market now through Dec. 15. Let’s all get in the spirit and help the less fortunate this holiday season.


In the Oct. 7 column “Beauty awaits you in Arizona’s high country,” I said you could visit the Tonto Natural Bridge for free on Veterans Day. This is incorrect. The “fee-free” day is for national parks only. The Tonto Bridge, a state park, will charge regular admission fees on Veterans Day.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your Strawberry and Pine happenings at email: haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call me at 602-790-0248.


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