Community

Whether they live with you, work with you, or care about the same causes, your community shares your challenges and cares about your success!

What We Have In Common

We tend to think of schools, businesses, churches, government offices, and hospitals as separate entities. But the same children and families live, work, worship, vote, and visit the doctor – often in the same few square miles. By connecting to your local school, you are supporting these same children, families, and neighbors who share your challenges and needs. Your success is their success!

Watch how the Arizona State Library, AZBSN, and School Connect collaborated to help every child in their community access their education! Who do you care about and how can you join forces with your local school to make a difference?

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”

MARGARET J WHEATLEY

Build Your Community

As you form valuable partnerships, your entire community will grow

Find Support For Your Organization

Increase the impact and success of your organization by finding others who share your goals

Collaborate For Shared Success

Watch the impact of your work multiply as each organization brings their unique resources to the mix

Support Your Future Leaders

When the community supporting children grows, so do children’s opportunities for success

Connect to the “hub” of your community at your local school!

VOLUNTEER & CELEBRATE EDUCATION

Love Our Schools

Join a project for Love Our Schools Day to strategically impact the greatest goals of the school!

School Connect Awards

Help us honor champions of education both inside and outside the classroom!

Love Our Teachers

Teacher Retention has a major impact on student outcomes. Let’s show teachers some love!

NETWORK & FIND LEADERSHIP SUPPORT

School Connect Summit

Network with top leaders across the state to form strategic partnerships that change outcomes for kids!

Connect at a CAFE

Connect with school leadership to learn how you can make a difference! Join A CAFE!

Parent Connect 

Connect with other parents! Hear from experts on topics that you are living every single day!

Training & Coaching

Find training and coaching to help you reach your goals in ways that fit for your community!

CONNECT FOR A CAUSE

Sponsor a School 

Sponsor a school to make a direct impact where it is needed most!

Become a Champion

School Connect connects, trains, and coaches leaders like YOU to become champions for the children in your community.

Support a Project

Help fund a needed school project planned by the school and community!

Laveen Community Fights Food Insecurity

Agave Farms, Urban Farming Education, Saint Mary’s Food Bank, Laveen School District, and Laveen Community Action Committee team up to meet the needs of hungry families through their school food delivery system! Using School Connect’s model of strategic collaboration, the Laveen community gave away half a million pounds of food, began teaching families about sustainable urban gardens, distributed testing and vaccinations for COVID, and they are just getting started!

Why Connect To School Communities?

School communities are the hub of the neighborhood! All the strengths, challenges, and needs of children and families are represented at the local school. By connecting around schools, we can build a village of support that can change outcomes for Arizona children – helping every child have access to the resources, opportunities, and support they need to reach their potential!

Join Our Village

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

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News & Events

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

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

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