Be a Champion
to Children

Volunteer, network, and join community projects at your local school.

 Why join our village?

Not every child has a champion. Help us connect a network of community leaders to every local school, so that every child has support to reach their potential!

Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

What is School Connect?

Connecting Schools to Community…because it takes a village to help every child reach their potential!

The Sunnyslope Story

Sunnyslope leaders come together to build their community and support Mountain View Elementary School!

2021 Hope Builders Award

Scottsdale Bible Church joined forces with School Connect and the City of Phoenix to tackle the digital divide. Together we provided 7,960 computers to Arizona school children!

2021 School Connect Awards

Join School Connect as we honor champions of education who have built trust, modeled resilience, and cultivated leadership in their schools and communities.

School Connect Summit 2019

Watch School Connect and cross-sector leaders from all over Arizona as we share our vision for the future. Together we can build the world our children deserve.

your
impact

$1.3 million dollars of volunteer service to school communities

12,484 computers donated

“You can be 5 and change the world, you can be 16 and change the world, 20 – any age you can change the world.”

4th Grade Student
Mountain View School

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Teacher retention in one K-8 school increased from 35% to 93%

Increased kindergarten reading scores 39% in K-8 AZ school

10,000 teacher care packages donated in 2020

Increased scores in math for students in one AZ elementary school: 20% of 4th graders, 19% of 5th graders, and 47% of 6th graders

Join Our Village

Doing this alone is impossible; it takes all of us working together to make a difference.

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The Future Is Bright

We asked these kids about their hopes and dreams. Their vibrant answers remind us that the future is in good hands when we empower children to become the leaders they were born to be. Help us build a village of support around every school so that EVERY CHILD is connected to their full potential!

"Whether we are working with Tracey and her team to overcome the digital divide in the community, handing out laptops, textbooks, digital hot spots, school supplies, or simply giving a hot cup of coffee to a teacher on a Monday morning to make their week a little bit easier, we feel truly blessed to be able to help."

Bryan Kuster

"When you engage with School Connect, you engage with an entire community. It’s business partnerships, it’s families, it’s schools - it’s everybody coming together to make life better for our students."

Nedda Shafir

"To see their faces when we showed up to help distribute lunches and different things, is priceless! Find it in your heart – I know it’s already there. Let’s go and serve those schools, let’s go and partner, let’s go and make sure our kids are taken care of."

Jerome Parker

"I think there are a lot of people who want to help out in public schools, they just simply don’t know how. And so, School Connect has the framework and the model to be able to do that and bring people together."

Dr. Cort Monroe

"It’s a tremendous asset to Arizona and to Arizona school districts, and it’s a service that has been needed for a very long time…because all of these groups are working toward the same goals but working parallel instead of in collaboration. So, it’s a tremendous organization that is bringing us all together and accomplishing great things."

Natalie Orne

Our mission is possible because of our amazing sponsors!

Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help out...you get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

#ittakesavillage 
#schoolconnectawards 
#championsofeducation
Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

 
@pesd92 full video: https://youtu.be/Vs3f9s3GICg?si=y31NKtsk-bUabuqB
#studentchampions #schoolconnectawards #villadepazelementary #kidsvoice #dreamscapelab
Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.” 

@chasse.us  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage  https://youtu.be/atkv2Z1unT4?si=WrM3R2Y-uOH1S3hd
Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
 
Watch Deb’s full video story here: https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6 (https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6)
 
#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
https://schoolconnectaz.org/love-our-schools-day/submit-your-project/
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024