Former TCDS Student to Hold Special Dress Down Day Friday for “Kena’s Kits”

This Friday, May 4, we will have a special Dress Down Day!

Liam Johnson, a TCDS alumni, is currently a freshman at Sahuaro High School. His brother Aiden is in eighth grade at TCDS, and his mother Mrs. Johnson is a guest teacher at our school.

As an Eagle Scout, Liam came up with a wonderful project for children who have cancer and are in the hospital – and he approached TCDS administration to see if our school could help with funding this project.

Liam writes…

“My name is Liam Johnson, and I am working on my Eagle Scout Project.   I am making comfort kits for children who are in the hospital fighting cancer. I decided on the name Kena’s Kits, because I followed a little girl’s journey from the day she was diagnosed to the day she passed away.  I have gotten permission from Kena’s family to use her name and images for my project.  My cousin was also diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on the same day as Kena and is currently in remission. 

While following Kena’s and my cousin’s story, I learned a lot about what families go through, and I wanted to do something that makes their life a little easier or their stay feel more like home.

The bags are from ThirtyOne and are extremely durable.  With the funds raised from the Dress Down Day, I will be filling the bags with age appropriate items such as:

Chap stick      Stuff Animals      Lipstick Gum        Window Clings      Soft blankets String to make bracelets       Cozy Socks     Soaps               Hard Candies        Journals         Nail polish       Any age appropriate toys/items –baby to 16 Coloring books          Crossword puzzles       Games – that can be played from bed             Comics          Action figures           Rubik’s cubes           Stress balls                   Model magic            Joke books/Mad Libs             Silly Putty

I have contacted Diamond Children’s Hospital here in Tucson, Arizona, where the bags will be donated.  They are so excited for this project and are looking forward to see how many Kits I can assemble. If you are wanting to help sponsor a bag or fillers, you can make an additional donation at or feel free to share with family and friends.”

Below, from left to right, (top) 1) Liam holds a Kena’s Kits bag, 2) The Kena’s Kits were named after Kena.                                                                                                    (middle) 3) Some of the items which will go into a Kena’s Kits bag, 4) Kena’s Kits bag,                                                                                                                                        (bottom)5) Liam has already been able to purchase several items to put in some Kena’s Kits bags.




Ducklings Enjoy Private “Picnic-Style” Lunch in the Library!

Mrs. Rodriguez’s second grade Ducklings won a recent Dress Down Day which raised money for the library to purchase more books. 

So, what did the kids win? A private and pretty fancy lunch in the library with librarian Ms. Chris!

“She fixed it up so cute, picnic style, [with] flowers on the tables,” Mrs. Rodriguez said as she described the setting as adorable.

To top it off, Ms. Chris set up a sundae bar for the students to enjoy a tasty and cool dessert!

Congratulations to the Ducklings, and thank you to Ms. Chris for setting up such a fun lunch! Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent library Dress Down Day. 

Dress Down Day Raises $1,000 for Humane Society

WOW, our Champions sure know how to support the Humane Society!

Fourth grade students Landon and Bree presented a Humane Society representative with a check for $1,000 from our recent Dress Down Day to support the non-profit organization. The money raised will be used for The Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s education programs.

You can check out the Humane Society’s website here:

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Dress Down Day for Hurricane Irma Raises Hundreds!

Last Friday’s Dress Down Day raised $920.48 for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida!

Inspired by third grader Dominic, who proposed a Dress Down Day a couple of weeks ago for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas – our school’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), third grade student Bobby and kindergarten student Zachary each individually stopped by the office on the same day to propose a Dress Down Day for those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. 

Administration approved the Dress Down Day, and it was set for this past Friday. Zachary volunteered to make a poster to advertise the day. 

We got all the Champions who proposed this recent Dress Down Day together on Friday to snap a few pictures. *Not all NJHS were able to jump in for the picture.


This week, students who proposed the Dress Down Day received “Matter of Pride” t-shirts for demonstrating a positive example of helping others and being a leader. 

Thank you, Champions, for being so caring. We are proud of you!