Santa Cruz Elementary teacher Stephanie Arturet receives a surprise visit from the Fiesta Bowl.

Third-grade students will receive new classroom technology and seating, thanks to their teacher.

Fiesta Bowl Charities awarded Santa Cruz Elementary teacher Stephanie Arturet a $5,000 check Tuesday morning inside her classroom. Over 4,200 educators in Arizona applied for the Wishes for Teachers grant. Arturet was one of 150 chosen.

The announcement was made much to Arturet’s surprise.

“It means so much. It’s so exciting, and I still can’t believe it. My heart is still pounding,” Arturet said.

The grant program is in its second year of operation. Fiesta Bowl Senior Marketing and Communications Director Jose Moreno said Arturet and the other 149 winners were chosen randomly.

“She was selected to fulfill her wish for a new smart board and some flexible seating for her classroom,” Moreno said.

In addition to the check, Arturet will be recognized at Chase Field during the 19th annual Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26.

For more information on the program visit the Fiesta Bowl website.

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