Actor’s trust provides financial boost to Valley veterans’ group

Valley-based nonprofit S.E.E.4VETS has received a $100,000 donation on behalf of actor and veteran William E. Phipps. The $100,000 gift to Support Education and Employment for Vets came from the trust of Mr. Phipps, who died in June at the age of 96. The money will support student veterans at community colleges “to persist and advance in their […]

Bank of America provides financial boost for nonprofits assisting young people

Bank of America has awarded Junior Achievement of Arizona and Year Up Arizona $200,000 each to continue their efforts of providing financial education and early job readiness for under-served children and young adults. “Both organizations empower youth towards upward mobility through programs that help develop the attitudes, behaviors and skills needed to pursue long-term, sustainable […]

Digital music program at Gateway Academy in Phoenix

Gateway Academy, 3939 E. Shea Blvd. in Phoenix, is attracting students not just from Arizona, but from across the country. Nearly one-third of the student body is the result of families relocating their children to attend Phoenix’s Gateway Academy, according to a release. That’s because Gateway Academy, which specializes in the education of students with […]

Xavier College Preparatory celebrates 75 years of education

Seventy-five years ago, the first and only all women’s Catholic high school in Phoenix opened its doors to its inaugural class of 11 students. Founded in 1943 by the Jesuit fathers of St. Francis Xavier Parish and staffed by three Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the new Xavier High School was originally […]

Paradise Valley resident achieves honors, teaching first at Pepperdine

Kristine Forster has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. A lifelong Paradise Valley resident and graduate of Phoenix Country Day School, she received her degree in April, graduating summa cum laude in 3.5 years. At Pepperdine, she was part of the student newspaper staff and, during […]

‘Dinner with Lincoln’ raises $500,000 for Sandra Day O’Connor Institute

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute’s annual history dinner — this year titled Dinner with Lincoln — raised $500,000 dollars for its educational programs. The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute hosted their annual dinner event on Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix. Dinner with Lincoln featured Pulitzer Prize Winner and Presidential […]

APS supports Arizona teachers through collaboration

According to Beth Maloney, a veteran fifth grade teacher, she wouldn’t be the teacher she is today if it weren’t for the Arizona K12 Center. Thanks to an ongoing partnership with the APS, which includes an annual grant of $20,000 to the Arizona K12 Center, the organization is better able to provide ongoing affordable professional […]

Paradise Valley Rotary donates to Junior Achievement of Arizona

At their regular Club meeting on Oct. 28, at the Stone Creek Golf Club, the Paradise Valley Rotary Club made another $1,000 donation to Junior Achievement of Arizona. The Paradise Valley Rotary has been donating to Junior Achievement since 1988. As she has done each year for many years, Dena Kidd, senior development and stewardship director, imparted to club members the latest news about Junior Achievement and its programs, and particularly their involvement in many schools in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, according to a press release.

In need of classroom supplies, teachers turn to online crowd-funding

The dictionaries in the language arts classrooms at Sunnyslope Elementary School carry the wear-and-tear of some 10 years, but replacements are coming soon, thanks to a new ally: GoFundMe. With classroom expenses often coming out of their own pockets, many Arizona teachers are turning to online crowd-funding. “People have donated $10, $20. It’s made a huge difference,” said Jeni Vargas, an eighth grade language arts teacher at Sunnyslope.

Superintendent Douglas: Arizona kids can’t afford to wait for funding

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas revealed on Sept. 9, the first of many policy initiatives in her comprehensive AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! Plan to fix Arizona’s education woes and turn our system into the best in the country. The dozens of other policy initiatives will be revealed at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Arizona Science Center, according to a press release. “As I traveled the state during the campaign, and then for several months on my We Are Listening Tour, the number one concern I heard was the lack of funding and support for teachers,” stated Superintendent Douglas in the release. “After seeing revenues so far above forecasts just a few months into this fiscal year, I believe that Arizonans can no longer afford to wait to provide higher quality education to our children. As a result, I’m calling for the immediate appropriation, for this fiscal year, of $400 million to go specifically to teachers in classrooms.”