Sometimes people ask me what is so important about Love Our Schools Day. Can one day on a school campus, really make a difference? Of course, this question is understandable, and yet, the answer still echoes with resounding power. YES! While we are completing simple projects, it is often what happens beneath the surface that makes the biggest impact. Have you ever had a friend or family member come alongside you and help you clean out a room before a surgery or before welcoming a new baby? Has someone helped you install a playground, plant a tree, fix your car? What difference did it make? How did it change not just the practical options you had available, but the way you experienced your world? What did it mean to you to not be alone in that moment?
“A buzz of wonder and excitement that fills the air in Ms. Williams STEM class thanks to School Connect, an organization that connects schools to their local community, businesses, and churches…Heidi Vega says, ‘We work with the superintendents in different districts to identify those local needs, and then we gather up all the stakeholder groups and unite them in different ways.’ Ways like a massive food giveaway for Saint Mary’s Food Bank, a youth leadership summit, donations for a leader appreciation day…
“We are so appreciative of the donation that the family made in honor of their mom, as well as to our partnership with School Connect, because that really is what ignited this,” said Marlene Capristo, principal of Scott Libby Elementary. “Then, bringing in our amazing PTA, we took that vision and created this room. There’s just so much gratitude for all of that coming together to create something for this school.”
Avondale participates in School Connect Campaign “A Community Thrives” To Give Community Support to Under Resourced Children
School Connect is hosting its “A Community Thrives” campaign to connect 70 high-need Arizona schools, including the Avondale Elementary School District, to their surrounding communities.
The Arizona-based nonprofit’s mission is to tangibly connect all 2,485 Arizona K-12 school campuses with community resources and partnerships so that every student has a well-informed village ready to help them reach their potential.
A Glendale-based nonprofit is working to bring together businesses, faith communities, nonprofits and government agencies to help Arizona students in need.
School Connect partners with lower-income schools to provide students with clothing, food, mentorship and emotional support aimed at improving academic success.
Last year approximately 700 Arizona schools were assisted through partnerships serving about 420,000 students.