Education + Community

Harness the power of YOUR community to support your entire school ecosystem, increasing opportunities and changing outcomes for the children you serve

Connect to YOUR Community!

School Connect connects you to the powerful and diverse support of community partners through programs, events, grants, and campaigns. We amplify your strategic plan for your schools by galvanizing the community to help you accomplish these goals, bringing resources and support to your school communities and your neighborhoods. We share your powerful stories to advocate for the students and families you serve.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”


Give People Clear Ways To Engage

People want to partner when they are invited to specific activities, and see how they fit

Find Support For Your School

Build relationship with your community to find people and organizations who share your goals and want to help

Collaborate For Shared Success

Discover unexpected resources and ideas as each organization brings their unique resources to the mix

Increase Student Success

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

How can you engage your community so that they are a phone call away?


Love Our Schools

Invite the community to join a specific project on your campus for Love Our Schools Day!

School Connect Awards

Join us for a time when we honor champions of education both inside and outside the classroom!

Love Our Teachers

Teacher appreciation and support are significant ways to impact teacher retention! Invite community partners to celebrate our teachers!

Training & Coaching

Find training and coaching to help you reach your goals and bring support to your school community!


School Connect Summit

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

Connect at a CAFE

Invite the community to come support your target goals with strategic initiatives! Join A CAFE!

Champion Program

Find School Champions to help support your school community. Learn more about the Champion Program!

Parent Connect 

Bring the Parent Connect program to your local school! Build connections to support the families you serve.


Sponsor a School 

Share a specific project or need that will make a direct impact on your students, teachers, and community!

Support a Project

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

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 inviting the community to participate in Love Our Schools Days and CAFEs, you can build relationship with your community and find people and organizations who share your goals and have a vested interest in your students’ success!

Teaching Is Most Effective When Connected to Community!

A finalist for the School Connect Hero Make Award, Mrs. Vargas credits her success to the “Village” around her. As she connects with her students’ families, Mrs. Vargas finds she is able to teach even more effectively. We all need our community!

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 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!

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:
#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.”  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage
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: (
#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!
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024