Writer Grace Hill

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]elp support the education of local youth by participating in Tesseract School’s inaugural Jewel in the Desert raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will not only benefit the Tesseract Scholarship and School Support funds, but will also assist the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities.

Located in Paradise Valley, Tesseract School provides individualized learning experiences through an innovative and collaborative project-based learning environment. With each of their 120 students, they aim to encourage curiosity, creativity and strength of character. Additionally, they desire to prepare their students to lead purposeful, ethical and compassionate lives while as students and as individuals in society.

“At Tesseract School, the individual student is our starting point,” says Bruce Werber, head of school at Tesseract. “We recognize that when it comes to young people, there is no mold. One size does not fit all to nurture a child’s mind, heart and spirit. Our curriculum is driven by integrated instruction through project-based learning and differentiated instruction. We partner with students and families to chart an educational course that creates a love of lifetime learning and service.”
A third of the students attending Tesseract School come from families who struggle financially. Tesseract understands that without financial assistance, those families would not be able to afford the tuition needed for admittance or continued enrollment. Because of this need, Tesseract School provides assistance for children in early childhood up to grade 8 through their Scholarship and School Support funds.

The Jewel in the Desert raffle was created to provide more funds for this assistance program. Those who purchase raffle tickets will know that their participation will positively impact the lives of children in the community. Weekly prize drawings have been going on since October 21, and will continue until the final prize drawing on December 14.

Prizes of the raffle include: a $120,000 pear-shaped diamond solitaire necklace; a $35,000 9.14-carat brilliant-cut diamond Rivera necklace; a $10,000 Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, team-signed autographed baseball; a New York “Hamilton” ticket package; a one-week stay in a Scottsdale vacation home; a one-year golf membership at Legend Trail; a 14-carat gold omega collar necklace with 22-carat blue topaz; a Muhammad Ali autographed and framed Fight Night program cover; four tickets to an Arizona Cardinals home game; and more than 100 other remarkable prizes.

In addition to raising money for the Tesseract Scholarship and School Support funds, the raffle will benefit the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities. Organized in 1964 and consisting of more than 2,600 professional firefighters from around the Valley, the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities provide services to the community and support for firefighters and their families.

Tesseract School believes in providing quality education to any child who requests an opportunity to learn within its walls. Support this worthy cause by participating in the Jewel in the Desert raffle. Tickets can be purchased through the school’s website. A premier ticket costs $500 and a lux ticket costs $250.