A quick note.

We understand that many things are going on right now. We are also working through this new reality with COVID-19. We'll keep monitoring the latest news and will keep you posted on what COVID-19 means for our schools and education funding.

In the meantime, here is some important information for the education community.

On a lighter note, we also wanted to perhaps brighten up your day with some recent, past events we celebrated at Stand Arizona.

"Read Or Read Not. There Is No Try."

Read Across America Day Was out of This World.

We think Master Yoda would agree that reading is the most critical element of a child’s education. In Arizona, with the current reading crisis, it is not enough for us to simply try to do better. We MUST do better for our students. That’s why we really love Read Across America Day.

We had an incredible time celebrating Read Across America Day at Adams Elementary in the Mesa School District and Westwood Elementary in the Alhambra District. Volunteers from Niagra Water and McCarthy Construction joined Stand for Children team members to read some great books to K-5th grade classrooms. Even better, each student received their own new book to take home, some even got an exciting Star Wars book! 

For us at Stand for Children, days like these are crucial because if a child doesn’t know how to read by 4th grade, he or she is 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. Children in our most vulnerable neighborhoods are 11 times more likely to drop out, falling short of career or college training that opens doors to a better life. Research shows that parents who engage with their children in the daily practice of in-home reading help close the achievement gap.

We appreciate all our supporters and volunteers for making this day so special.

Over 200 parents and supporters participated in Stand Day at the Capitol.

On February 27, we had an amazing event with over 200 parents at the State Capitol! It was a fun and educational experience. After an informative day of workshops, tours, and “meet and greets” with legislators, parents told us they were energized by this experience. In fact, they even asked us to make sure we will do it again next year!

We started out the day with lawmakers visiting with and speaking to the group, including: Senator Bowie, Senator Navarette, Senator Rios, Representative Udall, Representative Blanc, Representative Chavez, Representative Cook, Representative Liberman, and Representative Sierra.

Then, our keynote speaker was Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman. She was introduced by her Chief of Staff, a former school principal and public school teacher, Claudio Coria. 

Superintendent Hoffman talked about the role of the department and how they are working to modify laws affecting English Language learners. After her remarks, Superintendent Hoffman answered questions from our parents about special education funding, various commissions, and how parents can get more information.

Next, parents went on a comprehensive tour of the Arizona State Capitol, where they got to learn more about the history of our state and also the capitol grounds.

After the tour, parents attended a workshop led by our Government Affairs Director, Stacey Morely, who explained how a bill becomes a law and how to find our lawmakers.

In the end, this was a great educational event. We’d like to thank Snooze Eatery, Bashas, Niagara Bottling Co., Raising Cane’s, and Dutch Bros for helping make this event possible.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s In the Trenches. We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest public education events and how you can help.
Rebecca, Stacey, Mary, Martin, Liliana, Katherine, Georgina and Atenas
The Stand for Children Arizona Team
Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

In order to fulfill our mission, Stand for Children, Inc., our 501(c)4 organization, performs all advocacy and lobbying activities while the Stand for Children Leadership Center, our 501(c)3 organization, manages our parent and family education and engagement programs as well as Stand’s public awareness campaigns.
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