Phoenix Arizona


Arizona’s 50 Year Transformations by quotes

Arizona’s  50 Year Transformations  Arizona is growing, but this is not news to anyone.

Yesterday it really hit home. Over the past 20 years I have had numerous meetings at the Salt River Project’s modest, single story administration building in a desert setting on Project Drive. Yesterday I could hardly find it within the massive complex of hi-rise buildings. Sitting I the familiar lobby I thought about Arizona’s real transformations.  

In the first half of the 1990’s it was hydraulic innovations that delivered water from the massive dams through SRP canals that created our agricultural economy.  The second half of the 1990’s was driven by a company about one mile west of SRP on Washington Street: Goettl Air Conditioning. They introduced evaporative coolers and then air conditioners that transformed Arizona’s economy once again.  

So here we sit in the early 21st century, wondering where we go next. What innovation in infrastructure will transform Arizona once again? We are a unique state in that we are one of the few that is fresh and young, and has a history of astounding growth and transformation. Incrementalism will not serve Arizona well in the next couple of decades. Our governance, education and business communities have a sense of this need to build a third great infrastructure. We have good success with broad band telecommunications which started its surge ten years ago. With a successful Broadband Authority strategy Arizona will complete its rural rollout in a few years.  

But we need an innovation much more powerful and unique, to match the Arizona pioneers of the past century. And to no surprise to prior readers of this blog — that transformation will be the eLearning system adoption within all Arizona K-12 classrooms statewide.   

Cheers!         

Ted                        

Theodore C. Kraver PhD ,  President

eLearning System for Arizona Teachers and Students Inc.not-for-profit   501-c3    

volunteer design and advocacy organization 

602-944-8557(direct) tkraver@qwest.net            

http://AZelearning.org

225 West Orchid Lane  

Phoenix, AZ    85021 



Latino Institute Back to School and Informational Fair Set for July 21 by quotes

Back to School Fair

The Latino Institute will present its sixth annual Back to School and Informational Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road.

This free event brings together organizations that provide services and programs that contribute to the advancement of the community. It also will prepare families and their children for the upcoming school year.

A popular feature of the event is the health section, which includes free health screenings, free mammograms on-site for women 35 years or older who already have a primary care physician and nutrition cooking demonstrations by local chefs.

The event also will include information about education, finance and parks programs, in addition to other valuable resources.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood plenary to ask questions regarding the area in which they live.

Youth and families can participate in raffles, get free student backpacks, family backpacks, gift certificates for swimwear and school uniforms, and enjoy free entertainment and lunch provided by the Latino Institute.

Two players from the Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team that combines

athleticism and comedy, will perform an interactive game.

For more information, call the Latino Institute at 602-534-6923 or visit phoenix.gov/phxlatin.



Phoenix Youth Commission has Grants Available for Youth Projects by quotes

Phoenix Youth Commission has Grants Available for Youth Projects

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission has announced a second round of funding for the Focus on Results (FOR) Youth grants.

Applicants must represent a middle or high school (public, charter or private) that serves grades 7 – 12. The school must be located in Phoenix or have more than 50 percent of the school attendance within the Phoenix city limits.

FOR grants focus on priorities identified by youth at the Phoenix Youth Town Hall, which seeks to create new or support existing activities that promote teen involvement in the community.

Schools are eligible to apply for up to $12,000.

A panel of youth and adults from the Youth and Education Commission will review the grant applications and evaluate the proposals based on project quality; active involvement of students; staff qualifications, commitment and ability to execute the project; commitment to diversity; impact on the student body; and representation of all students on campus.

Applications may be downloaded at phoenix.gov/youth/diverse.html and submitted electronically or postmarked by Nov. 27 to be eligible for spring semester activities.

For more information, call the city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office at 602-495-0314.



The Pepsi Bottling Group to Honor Outstanding Phoenix Teacher and Students by quotes

The Pepsi Bottling Group

to Honor Outstanding

Teacher and Students in Phoenix

Motívate y Edúcate Program Awards $1,000 to a High School Teacher and $2,500 to Two High School Seniors in Phoenix

The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. (PBG) announced today the creation of a new educational program as part of its commitment to the Latino community in the Phoenix area. Named Pepsi Motívate y Edúcate, the program recognizes and rewards excellence among high school teachers and graduating seniors in the Valley of the Sun. The program will deliver a $1,000 teacher recognition award, two $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and bring a motivational speaker to high schools.

We want to encourage tomorrows leaders to strive for excellence, said Ron Goodson, Vice President and General Manager of the Southwest Market Unit at PBG. Through community partnerships with high schools and local retailers, The Pepsi Bottling Group wants to motivate and support these leaders so that they can further their education and obtain the tools necessary for continued success.

To help spread the word about Motívate y Edúcate, PBG is teaming up with local retailers Food City, Ranch Market and Frys Mercado. Food City will help search for a deserving high school teacher, Ranch Market will sponsor the motivational speaker tour and Frys Mercado will publicize the high school scholarships. Program information, scholarship applications and nomination forms will be available in participating high schools and stores beginning this month. Forms must be completed and postmarked by November 21, 2006.

To qualify for the $2,500 scholarship, prospective applicants must be high school seniors from the Phoenix area (Maricopa County) graduating in 2007, be enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S. for the 2007-2008 academic year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

To be eligible for the $1,000 Teacher Recognition Award, nominated teachers must teach in a Phoenix-area (Maricopa County) high school. Teachers may be nominated by a student, parent, friend or colleague who views the teacher as an inspiration to his/her Latino students.

We want to invite all high school seniors and teachers to apply. We are very proud to bring this program to the community and look forward to meeting our outstanding students and teacher, said Mr. Goodson.

About The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.

The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (www.pbg.com) is the worlds largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages with operations in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Turkey.



Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety by quotes

Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety

Attorney General Terry Goddard and Councilman Greg Stanton will join the Microsoft Get Net Safe tour next week, an effort to promote Internet Safety in schools, at home and at work. The 12-city tour brings together community organizations and government agencies along with Microsoft to encourage online safety.

Goddard will kick off the tour at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, with a press conference at Monte Vista Elementary School, 3501 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix. Goddard and Stanton will talk about the Get Net Safe tour events in Phoenix as well as efforts of the Phoenix Internet Crimes Task Force to track and arrest Internet predators.

Following the press conference, Goddard and Stanton will join representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for an Internet safety school assembly. Monte Vista students will participate in the assembly.

At noon that day, Goddard will keynote a U.S./Arizona Chambers of Commerce lunch where he will discuss efforts his office is making to educate Arizonans about Internet Safety. The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Goddard and Stanton will participate in a parents’ forum at the Madison School District offices. The forum will feature online safety tools, information and resources from i-SAFE Inc. This forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Get Net Safe tour will feature forums on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 throughout the Valley. These forums will provide children, teens, parents, businesses and seniors with information about online safety. This tour was developed by Microsoft and 10 partner organizations to help raise awareness of computing security and Internet safety. The tour partners include AARP, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Geek Squad 24-our Computer Support Task Force, GetNetWise, i-SAFE, Microsoft, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuard Online, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Please visit the Arizona Attorney General’s Office at www.azag.gov for more information about other events being held in the Valley. Please contact Andrea Esquer at 602-542-8019 if you have any questions about the events featuring Attorney General Terry Goddard.



Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) by quotes

Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition

Contact: Carolyn White
602-841-2378

LOCAL STUDENT COULD WIN A $10,000 U.S. SAVINGS BOND

Commander Manny Blea of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1433 announced the kickoff of this year’s VFW and Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Students in grades 6 through 8 in the Glendale area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at theVFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the State competition. State winners compete for more than $75,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year more than 130,000 students throughout the U.S. participate in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300 – 400 word essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Citizenship in America.”

Deadline for student entries is November 1, 2006. Interested students and teachers should contact Carolyn White, VFW Post 1433 Ladies Auxiliary, at 602-841-2378 or contact by e-mail at richbette4@cs.com

Additional information for those outside the Glendale area can be found here:

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=151

and information about other local VFW Posts can be found here:

http://www.vfwkc.org/post_location/state.asp



Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes by quotes
August 25, 2006, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Arizona, City of Mesa, Education, K-12 Schools, Mesa, Youth | Tags: , , , ,

Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes

The days are getting shorter. Commercials and ads for back-to-school sales are everywhere. This means that teenagers all across Mesa are preparing to go off to school. But staff in one City of Mesa department knew that the ringing of the bell would not signal joyous preparation for every student. Neighborhood Services were aware that some teenage girls did not have the proper school supplies for the coming year, so they answered the call of that ringing bell.

The staff took nineteen backpacks filled with school supplies to the girls at A&A Cottages to outfit them for their first day of school. Jane Albin, Management Assistant in the Community Revitalization Division, who spearheaded the effort, said, “We were just as excited to buy these supplies as the girls were to receive them. The staff of A&A Cottages assured us that with 18 girls in the houses everything would be used, right down to the last piece of paper.”

The girls are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and live in one of several group homes in Mesa. Kee Hudgens, staff member at A&A Cottages told Jane Albin when the backpacks were delivered, “The girls of A&A Cottages will go back to school with their heads held high, thanks to City of Mesa Neighborhood Services and Community Revitalization. …this generous group at the city gave the girls all the tools they needed for a great start to the school year.”

A&A Cottages provides homes for teenage girls who have been abused, neglected or who come from troubled backgrounds. A&A Cottages was formed in 1996 to address the increasing need for foster care group homes for teenage youth in Arizona. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth through quality residential and support services that promote dignity, integrity and responsibility.

For accompanying photos of city staff and A&A staff with the backpacks, please call Katie Brown at 480.644.3705.



Valley Broadcasting Veteran Heads Phoenix Youth and Education Channel by quotes

Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety by quotes

Back To School – It’s time to start thinking about school zone safety

The start and end of each school day are the busiest times on local school campuses.  Children are taught safe walking rules, but are easily distracted and impulsive. Do not assume if the children see the car, that the driver of the car can see them, because this is not always true.  A few simple tips will help keep our children safe.  Practice these safe-walking behaviors with your children:

— Walk children in grades k-3rd to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone.

— Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Do not cross mid-block!

— Look for traffic before crossing — look left, then right, then left again.

— Do not play around or push friends while waiting to cross.

— Prohibit children from playing near driveways, streets and parking lots.

— Wear bright colors. Drivers will see the children better.

If your child rides a school bus, talk with them about:

— Be at the bus stop on time.  Never run to or from a bus.

— Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street.

— Stay out of the danger zone.  The driver cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 ft. to the bus.

— If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver.  Never try to pick it up yourself.

— Hold the handrail as you get on and off the bus.  Do not push or shove.

— Keep your head and arms inside the bus.  Do not throw anything outside the windows.

— Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.  Be familiar with the rules for emergencies.

If your child will be riding a bike to and from school, remember:

— Make sure the bike is in good working condition.

— Wearing a bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85%.  Let your child pick out one that fits them now, not one that they will grow into.  Purchase a bright color so your child will be easily seen.

— Leave your helmet with your bike, scooter, or roller blades.  That way you will more likely remember to put it on.

— Always ride on the right side of the road.  Obey all other traffic rules.

— Watch out for cars coming out of driveways and alleys, or pulling away from the curb.

— Walk your bike across the crosswalk.

If you have questions regarding school zone safety, please contact Jean DeStories Transportation Safety Educator at 480.644.3398, or jean.destories@cityofmesa.org.

Scottsdale Arizona



City of Tempe and local school districts hold eighth annual Walk to by quotes
August 3, 2006, 5:32 pm
Filed under: Arizona, City of Tempe News, Education, Events, Family, K-12 Schools, Schools, Summer, Tempe, Youth | Tags: , ,

City of Tempe and local school districts hold eighth annual Walk to
School event Oct. 4

 

TEMPE, Ariz.- Thousands of children and parents will take part in
Tempe’s eighth annual Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Students
and parents at participating Tempe schools will walk to school between
6:30 and 8:15 a.m. to promote community involvement and a healthier
environment. 

 

Walk to School Day celebration activities will be held at the following
schools:

*        Aguilar Elementary (5800 S. Forest Ave., Tempe) at 8:25 a.m.

*        Arredondo Elementary (1330 E. Carson Drive, Tempe) at 8 a.m.

*        Connolly Middle (2002 E. Concorda Drive, Tempe) at 7 a.m.

*        Fuller Elementary (1975 E. Cornell Drive, Tempe) at 8 a.m.

*        Holdeman Elementary (1326 W. 18th St., Tempe) 8 a.m.

*        Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary (50 E. Knox Road, Tempe) at
7:15 a.m.

*        Kyrene de los Ninos Elementary (1330 E. Dava Drive, Tempe) at
7:15 a.m.

*        Laird Elementary (1500 N. Scovel St., Tempe) at 8:25 a.m.

*        Nevitt Elementary (4525 E. Saint Anne St., Phoenix) at 8 a.m.

*        Scales Elementary (1115 W. 5th St., Tempe) at 7:45 a.m.

*        Thew Elementary (2130 E. Howe Ave., Tempe) at 8:15 a.m.

*        Wood Elementary (727 W. Cornell Drive, Tempe) at 7:45 a.m.

 

Tempe City Councilmembers, Tempe and Kyrene elementary school board
members and other officials will join with students and parents to
celebrate walking and to plant trees. This demonstration will show how
trees make walking more pleasant and help the environment. Following the
tree planting ceremony at each school, students and parents will enjoy
free breakfast.  Sponsors for the event include Tempe in Motion, Tempe
Elementary Schools, Kyrene School District 28, IKEA and Bashas’.

 

For more information on Walk to School Day, call the city of Tempe
transit office, Tempe in Motion, at (480) 350-2775 or visit
www.tempe.gov/tim.