PHOENIX, AZ – School Connect, the Arizona-based organization that connects schools to communities so that every child has accessible resources, is announcing its ‘A Community Thrives’ campaign.
School Connect is on a mission to connect 70 high-need, Arizona schools to their surrounding community organizations, businesses and faith-based partners to help fill the educational, economic, social and emotional needs of the youth and families that attend these schools.
Through a month-long campaign, the organization will raise funds to provide seven districts with the necessary project money to host CAFE projects to work toward teacher retention, student behavior and academic achievement.
For Susie Smith, Principal of Desert Foothills Middle School, and Andrea Worth, Outreach Director of CalvaryPHX, that starting place was the School Connect Summit in 2018.
Since that day, their partnership has grown in powerful ways! From students gaining interactive playground equipment to teachers receiving coffee gift cards, gift baskets, and community appreciation, Susie and Andrea’s partnership has built an environment where kids thrive!
Every time I have started something new there has been risk involved, but beginning our nonprofit, School Connect, felt particularly that way because I loved the job I already had. The chance to do something really fresh that could make a true difference in schools and communities was so compelling that I took the leap and I never looked back! Taking risks is the only way I have actually moved forward in things that really mattered to me. I had to believe in a vision of what could be, become really clear about what I was trying to accomplish and cast that vision in a compelling way so that others came to believe it as well.
Every year School Connect AZ is inspired by the passion of educators to surround kids with resource rich environments that help our children learn and grow.
The past year has been challenging like never before, but educators have faced this challenge with heroic resolve, and we want to celebrate them!
Do you know a teacher, a student, a principal, a superintendent or a school board member who has inspired you with their ability to beat the odds, solve problems creatively and help their students and community thrive?