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Senior property valuation deadline approaching fast

Seniors wanting to freeze the valuation of their property at its current value have until March 1 to do so. In November, Arizona voters approved Proposition 104, amending the Arizona’s Constitution to freeze the valuation of homes owned by seniors who meet the following criteria:

• At least one owner must be 65 years of age at the time of the application.

• The property must be in the primary residence of the taxpayer.

• The owner must have resided in the primary residence for at least two years prior to applying for the option.

• The owner(s) must report total income from all sources, including non-taxable income. In order to qualify, the income may not exceed certain amount established by the Social Security Act.

The applications forms are available for the Property Valuation Protection Option are available at the assessor’s office located at 110 E. Cherry Ave. in Flagstaff. For more information call 779-6502.

Love of Literature week begins Monday

Love of Literature week will be celebrated at Williams Middle School starting on Feb. 26 and ending on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2.

“The idea of the whole project is to get kids to read,” said Karyn White, Title I teacher at the Williams Elementary/Middle School. “The more kids read the higher test scores are and the better they’ll do.”

White said Love of Literature week is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s Read Across America program.

The events begin with a reading contest, which started Tuesday. The classes that read the most books between now and March 1 will earn a pizza party at Pizza Hut.

Feb. 26 begins the trivia quiz contest. Two T-shirts will be given away each day until Friday.

Feb. 27 has been set aside for guest readers.

“A total of 44 of our high school kids are coming over to read to our kids,” said White.

Deniz Chavez’s resource class and Josh McCreedy’s freshman English class will be reading to youngsters.

White is asking community members to come read to kids at any time that is convenient. A signup sheet is available at the school.

Feb. 28 is parents night from 6-7:30 p.m. A book fair will also be held and students will present skits they have worked on with Rosie Stevens Witcher, the artist in residence. Plus, there will be lots of reading.

March 1, Green eggs and ham will be served for school lunch.

March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, birthday cake will be served at lunch, and the class that reads the most will have their pizza party. The student that reads the most will receive a Cat in the Hat hat.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Mass., on March 2, 1904. During his life he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards and he was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books.

Also on March 2 at Barnes and Noble Book Store in Flagstaff, a fund-raiser will be held to benefit our local school.

“If anyone needs books or anything we get 20 percent of everything purchased from 5-9 p.m.,” said Becky Nelson, president of the Williams Unified School District Governing Board.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to read to children or anything else can call White at 635-4474, ext. 121.

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