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A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.


Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 


Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Mission Believe

LESD blasted off on this mission in August, 2011! The training and energy spread like wildfire through every department and school in our District. We kicked off our mission by watching an amazing video done by a fifth grader named Dalton Sherman, who asked, "Do You Believe in Me?" Our next step on the mission was to define our beliefs! We did this by answering the following questions:

  • What would it look like and feel like if everyone whole-heartedly believed in each and every one of our students?
  • What would it look like and feel like if everyone whole-heartedly believed in themselves?
  • What would it look like and feel like if everyone whole heartedly believed in their colleagues and leaders?

The answers to those questions shaped and defined our belief system here at LESD. We BELIEVE that smiles, laughter, high expectations and well-planned lessons are just a few of the actions that show our students that we BELIEVE in them every day! We BELIEVE that networking, teaming, mentoring and spreading happiness and joy are a few examples of how we show that we BELIEVE in ourselves! Supporting our colleagues, sharing ideas, participating in professional dialogue, being an enthusiastic team member and celebrating successes are ways to show our colleagues and leaders that we BELIEVE in them!  

We constantly refuel our mission by revisiting our beliefs, doing team building activities, and sending Rock-Its when we experience staff members who are living and breathing their beliefs! 

If you see an amazing crossing guard, student transporter, teacher or any LESD employee living these beliefs, feel free to send a "Rock-It" to them.   

Themes each year:

  • 11/12 - Mission Believe
  • 12/13 - Excellence to the Core
  • 13/14 - Power of Positive Influence
  • 14/15 - Unite to Ignite
  • 15/16 - Infinite Impact
  • 16/17 - Destination Transformation, A Century of Strength
  • 17/18 - Our Family, Strong and Connected
  • 18/19 - Rise UP!
  • 19/20 - EmPOWERed     
  • 20/21 - Miss10n Believe
  • 21/22 - Brilliant Resilience
  • 22/23 - All Systems Go!
  • 23/24 - Honoring our Past, Embracing our Future, Living the Dream!


Mission Believe Rock-its

Launch a Rocket to Recognize Teacher and Staff Excellence

Do you know teachers and staff members who have gone the extra mile to help your child, make a difference in your school, or promote Litchfield's Mission Believe philosophy?

Recognize excellence by submitting a Mission Believe Rock-It.  

Click HERE to send a Rock-It to a staff member in LESD!