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Education Spotlight: Flagstaff Teachers’ Supply Drive to be held Aug. 9, 10, 11 at both Walmart locations in Flagstaff

| July 30, 2019
Education Spotlight: Flagstaff Teachers’ Supply Drive to be held Aug. 9, 10, 11 at both Walmart locations in Flagstaff

The annual Flagstaff Teachers’ Supply Drive to be held Aug. 9, 10, 11 at both Walmarts in Flagstaff.

The drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11.

Donate new school supplies needed for students to be successful this upcoming year.

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Connections Spotlight: Families take advantage of resources at Page Back-to-School Fair. See more countywide Back to School events here

| July 29, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Families take advantage of resources at Page Back-to-School Fair. See more countywide Back to School events here

Hundreds of families took advantage of education, health and other resources at the Page Back to School Health Fair on July 24 at Page High School.

Families also had opportunity to pick up backpacks and school supplies, and take part in a yoga program. Organizations participating in the event include Arizona Dept. of Economic Security — Family Assistance Administration, AZ Health Zone, Banner Health Clinic, Canyonlands Healthcare, Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth, Coconino County Health & Human Services, Encompass Health Services, Navajo Dept. of Behavioral Health and Zuba Fitness.

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Mountain Line seeking feedback on second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route with Open House on Aug. 6, community survey

| July 29, 2019
Mountain Line seeking feedback on second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route with Open House on Aug. 6, community survey

Mountain Line is in the planning stages of our second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route connecting Woodlands Village to the Flagstaff Medical Center. BRT is a package of transit enhancements, applied where appropriate, that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. … We need your feedback to guide the development of the second BRT in Flagstaff! Please join Mountain Line at the BRT Open House on Tuesday, August 6 at the Murdoch Community Center. Stop by anytime between 4:00-7:00 PM to learn more about the project and provide feedback. A flyer is attached; feel free to hang at your organization or forward to your friends.

You can also take a survey to share your opinion and visit the BRT webpage for complete details.

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STEM Saturdays update for July 27 — Step inside the Explorer Classroom!

| July 29, 2019
STEM Saturdays update for July 27 — Step inside the Explorer Classroom!

National Geographic Education has designed a set of Explorer Classrooms for summer learning programs in partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Summer is a unique time to encourage career exploration and STEM learning, and to introduce youth to new ways to experience and explore the world. Explorer Classrooms are a great way to do both!

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: ‘Rumble on the Rim’ focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective

| July 29, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: ‘Rumble on the Rim’ focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective

The Grand Canyon is an ageless wonder of the world. Though 2019 marks the Grand Canyon’s centennial as a national park, it has been home to Indigenous people for millennia. In response to the park’s anniversary, “Rumble on the Rim” took place at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on July 27, 2019.

The event combined educational presentations with entertainment that featured Indigenous voices from the Colorado Plateau. Rumble on the Rim focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective.

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Mount Elden Middle School renovation begins. See local education news here

| July 23, 2019
Mount Elden Middle School renovation begins. See local education news here

With the crash, crunch and squeal of a yellow excavator, prowling and chomping down like a starved creature, the first phase of the Mount Elden Middle School renovation began.

It took just over an hour Wednesday morning for the excavator to demolish the 40-year old modular building holding the school’s 600-wing: puncturing the roof like a balloon, crumpling walls as easily as paper and pulling out wires until they snapped.

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How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

| July 23, 2019
How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

Third in a series on teachers and what they do during the summer: The day before Sun Valley High School summer school students’ research papers were due, Moonstone Yoga’s Jennifer Shifler led them and their teacher through breathing and yoga exercises to help them reduce stress and relax.

For the past three years, Shifler has led sessions each Friday morning before tutoring begins at the Title I charter school in Mesa, and educators and administrators there say it has helped increase students’ concentration, their ability to monitor their emotions and develop positive responses to stressful situations.

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Here’s what’s missing in music education: Cultural and social relevance. See more national education news here

| July 23, 2019
Here’s what’s missing in music education: Cultural and social relevance. See more national education news here

Lee Whitmore is executive director of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a nonprofit collective dedicated to expanding music education in elementary and secondary schools.

A former music teacher who says he was trained in “the traditional American way,” Whitmore explains in this post what he thinks is missing from too many music education programs in U.S. schools: social and cultural relevance.

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Education Spotlight: Page Back-to-School Fair to be held July 24. See more countywide Back to School events here

| July 23, 2019
Education Spotlight: Page Back-to-School Fair to be held July 24. See more countywide Back to School events here

The Page Back to School Health Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Page High School, 434 S. Lake Powell Blvd., Page.

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First Things First update for July 22 — Summit 2019: Regular registration starts today

| July 22, 2019
First Things First update for July 22 — Summit 2019: Regular registration starts today

Register now for two days of keynote and featured speakers, 80+ breakout sessions on a wide range of early childhood topics, and the opportunity to meet, learn and share strategies that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

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