Stand for Children Day at the Capitol was a Success!

Nearly 130 parents and supporters participated in our first ever Stand Day.

The goal of our first ever Stand for Children Day was for our parent members to learn how things work at the Arizona State Capitol. After a long day of workshops, tours, and “meet and greets” with legislators, parents told us they were energized by this amazing experience. In fact, they even asked us to make sure we will do it again next year!

We started out the day with Rep. Blanc giving us a warm welcome before we went to tour the Arizona Capitol Museum. During the tour, we learned some pretty interesting facts, like that the construction of the Capitol started when Arizona was still a territory in an effort to show that Arizona was ready for statehood. We also learned that the statue on top of the copper dome is called Winged Victory, which depicts a goddess representing victory and justice, and that it is also a weather vane that moves with the wind.

After the Capitol tour, parents attended legislative “meet and greets” with many lawmakers and heard first hand how the legislature functions from their perspective. Parents asked great questions and lawmakers were thoughtful and kind in their responses. They also 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. After lunch, parents visited the Senate chamber to get an inside look of where lawmakers make crucial votes. We were also excited to express our gratitude to Senator Boyer and Representative Udall for sponsoring bills that led to the successful reform of English Language programs in our state. We delivered over 400 thank you letters from parents and advocates to them!

In the end, this was a great educational event, and we are grateful to Niagara Bottling Co. and Niagara Cares employees for helping make this event possible. Even though this day just finished, we are already looking ahead to Stand for Children Day next year.

Read Across America day was a success.

We had an incredible time celebrating Read Across America Day at Cesar Chavez Community School! Dedicated volunteers joined Stand for Children team members to read their favorite books to K-5th grade classrooms. Even better, each student received their own new book to take home. Reading proficiency is so important because if a child doesn’t know how to read by 4th grade, he or she is 4 times more likely to dropout 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 open doors to a better life. Research shows that parents who engage with their children in the daily practice of in-home reading help to close the achievement gap.

A BIG thank you to Niagara Bottling Co. and Niagara Cares employees for lending their time and talent to read to students and to the City of Phoenix Library and Valley of the Sun United Way for their book donations. We appreciate all of our supporters and volunteers for making this day so special.

Quote from the Capitol 

"I’ve had never been to the Capitol before, but I was excited to go. I learned more about the process and how the laws that impact my son’s education are made. I encourage everyone to go to the Capitol. I had never gone, and yes, it’s a bit intimidating, but I did this for my family."

-- Carmen Torres, Stand Parent

We hope you enjoyed this week’s In the Trenches. We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest public education reports and how you can help.

Warmly, Rebecca, Stacey, Martin, Liliana, Katherine, Blythe, and Georgina
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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