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City of Tempe and local school districts hold ninth annual Walk to School

event Oct. 3

TEMPE, Ariz.- Thousands of children and parents will take part in Tempe’s

ninth annual Walk to School Day on Oct. 3 and then participate in tree

planting ceremonies to commemorate the event. 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 8:20 a.m.

* Arredondo Elementary (1330 E. Carson Drive, Tempe) at 7:55 a.m.

* Broadmor Elementary (311 E. Aepli Drive, Tempe) at 8:20 a.m.

* Bustoz Elementary (2020 W. Carson Drive, Tempe) at 7:55 a.m.

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

* Fuller Elementary (1975 E. Cornell Drive, Tempe) at 7:50 a.m.

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

* Kyrene del Norte (1331 E. Redfield Road, Tempe) at 7:15 a.m.

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

* Meyer Elementary (2615 S. Dorsey Ln., Tempe) at 7:55 a.m.

* Nevitt Elementary (4525 E. Saint Anne St., Phoenix) at 7:55 a.m.

* Thew Elementary (2130 E. Howe Ave., Tempe) at 7:55 a.m.

* Wood Elementary (727 W. Cornell Drive, Tempe) at 8:20 a.m.

City of Tempe Councilmembers, Tempe and Kyrene elementary school board

members and other officials will then join with students and parents 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 a free breakfast. Sponsors for the event include Tempe in

Motion, Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District 28, IKEA

and Bashas’.

For more information on Walk to School Day, call the city of Tempe

Transportation Division, Tempe in Motion, at (480) 350-2775 or visit

www.tempe.gov/tim.



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.



New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government will be Headquartered at ASU’s School of Public Affairs at the Downtown Phoenix Campus by quotes

 New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government will be Headquartered at ASU’s School of Public Affairs at the Downtown Phoenix Campus

Two of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to advancing excellence in local government have chosen Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs in downtown Phoenix as their partner and primary location for a unique consortium on innovation.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), based in Washington, D.C., and The Innovation Groups (IG) of Tampa, Fla., have joined with ASU to form an Alliance for Innovation in Local Government. IG will move its headquarters to the university’s downtown Phoenix campus. ASU was invited to compete with more than 200 other universities to be part of the New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government, and was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

ICMA is the preeminent local government professional and educational organization, comprising nearly 6,000 chief appointed managers, administrators and assistants in cities, towns, counties and regional entities throughout the world.

IG assists nearly 400 local governments in building and sustaining innovation by providing face-to-face networking opportunities and technology services in all areas of local government. IG will transition its 10 to 12 employees to downtown Phoenix from Tampa over the next year; the precise location of its new headquarters on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus is yet to be finalized.

“This is an early and important dividend on our investment in the new ASU Downtown Phoenix campus,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “By attracting this Alliance, the city and county enhance our shared reputation for excellence in local government and gain an important partner in constantly improving our services.”

“This new partnership is a marvelous opportunity for us to play an even more significant role in urban management education, in research on the process of innovation, and in executive education,” said Robert Denhardt, director of the ASU School of Public Affairs. He described the top priorities of the Alliance as identifying major trends in local government and leading practices that can help local governments address major issues, providing effective research, and creating a repository of information on innovative practices and the process of innovation. Janet and Robert Denhardt, who have conducted innovation research in the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County, are among the faculty who will be conducting research for the Alliance.

Because of their similar focuses, both ICMA and IG recognized the need for university collaboration in research and technical assistance, and ASU’s School of Public Affairs was the perfect partner because of its national and international reputation in the field of urban management. ASU’s Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management is considered one of the leading programs in urban management innovation.

The reputations of both the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County as well-run local governments, the involvement of former city and county leaders as faculty associates in the school, and the strength of interdisciplinary partners from across the university, such as The Decision Theatre, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the College of Design, all helped to bring the Alliance to ASU and Phoenix.

“We are excited to partner with ASU, and particularly the extraordinary faculty of the School of Public Affairs,” said ICMA Executive Director Robert O’Neill Jr., “as we help shape strategies for countless local governments and regions around the world to improve the effectiveness of critical public services and the quality of life in their communities.”

IG President Bob Hart noted, “Our organization’s historical strength has been member networks that identify and share emerging technology and management practices. This Alliance will not only greatly enhance this process but adds leading applied research and analysis about local governments from some of the top academicians in our field.”

Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks is a long-time member of the ICMA and recipient of its Award for Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. “As ICMA is approached by communities throughout the world for examples of best practices in a variety of areas of local government, invariably we send people to Phoenix and to Frank Fairbanks,” said an ICMA statement when announcing the award.

Fairbanks worked closely with Mayor Gordon to promote ASU’s School of Public Affairs as a partner in the new alliance and downtown Phoenix as the ideal location for IG’s new headquarters. “Having the Alliance for Innovation in Local Government come to Phoenix is a real badge of honor in the city management profession,” said Fairbanks, “and it confirms our mayor’s and City Council’s focus on high quality, innovative services for the community.”

The School of Public Affairs also has named James H. Svara director of its Center for Urban Innovation, which will interact closely with the Alliance. Svara is a leading scholar on process, structure and governance in local government. “The strength of the Alliance partnership comes from blending the perspectives of scholars and educators with those of practitioners in public management and public policy,” said Svara. “Our special contribution will be research. Our faculty along with some of the brightest minds in our region and around the world will research the trends, issues and conditions that drive innovation.”

Dean Debra Friedman, of the ASU College of Public Programs, a critical ally of the project, suggests, “The Alliance for Innovation’s choice of ASU as their university partner signals the powerhouse of new ideas and strategies that we can expect in the future. ASU and the Alliance, together with their public sector partners, will serve as a global magnet for those who share common interests in urban management.”



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.