This year Valley of the Sun United Way is expanding our Read Across America celebration from one day to a week from Feb. 29 - Mar. 4 with volunteers reading to children at 13 Valley elementary schools. United Way provides the books through our bonus book program with Scholastic, Inc., a partner in inspiring the lifelong love of literacy and learning that research shows is so critical to a student’s success.
Students have countless options for activities during upcoming spring breaks across the Valley, but one in particular can bring huge benefits – immediate and well into their future. See how the choice to volunteer can change a student’s life.
Across our nation today, one-in-six people struggle to get enough to eat. Perhaps you’ve seen the 2013 documentary “A Place At the Table” that examines hunger around the nation. But do you know what hunger looks like for children in our community? From your own child’s classmates, to a teammate in their youth sports league, you may be surprised who comprises the face of hunger right here in Maricopa County.
It can be difficult to keep children from spending their holiday break from school in front of a TV or video game. At Free Arts for Abused Children in Arizona, a United Way partner organization where I serve as Development Director, our program staff is constantly creating fun and innovative projects for children of all ages to experience. At home and throughout our community, there are a host of fun and innovative projects to delight and inspire kids.
In three minutes the crowd—made up of families, ASU students, Scout troops, co-workers and friends—assembled 1,993 food bags for United Way’s WeekEnd Hunger Backpack program, smashing the previous record by nearly 100%.
Presented by Valley of the Sun United Way and the city of Phoenix, this free, interactive trail is designed for parents, grandparents and caregivers to turn everyday moment into teaching opportunities for children ages 0 – 5.
September’s Attendance Awareness Month! When I was a kid I practically had to be on my death bed to miss school. My dad was a teacher at my high school in Conn., so missing school was simply not an option.
As a classroom mentor for junior high students with Valley of the Sun United Way’s Destination Graduation program, I learned as much as I taught. One common theme among the students is they all want to be taken more seriously by adults. From experience, here are my favorite tips for succeeding in life.