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J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, Instructor Stephanie Sugru tosses 3-year-old Emma Bowman out of the water to temporarily disorient her so that she can learn how to recover by swimming as part of an August water safety day at Saguaro Aquatics.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Three-year-old Dangny Phillips, who was visiting the Tucson Botanical Gardens with her grandmother in October, took a closer look at a butterfly feeding in the butterfly exhibit, which is open through March.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, Keegan Bailey, 6, pedals his tractor in a "pull" at Marana's Fall Harvest Festival in October.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, Coronado K-8 student Samantha Zoltowski pets a horse at a fundraiser in November.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, During a performance in September at Quail Run Elementary put on by the Harlem Starz, students Salissa Chavez, Olivia Potter, Anotida Chuma, Brenden Vanderkolk and Brayden Smith stand in a line as a Harlem Starz player dunks a basketball and flies overhead.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Robin Soliz trims away fresh leafs of basil with Claudia Burrola at the community farm in Marana late July of this year. For eight weeks, six high school students spent their Saturday mornings on the farm as apprentices, learning what goes into growing and caring for crops.