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Arizona not keeping up when it comes to helping vulnerable kids, report says

| July 4, 2018
Arizona not keeping up when it comes to helping vulnerable kids, report says

If Arizona’s progress were measured on a growth chart, recent years haven’t seen even an inch for the state’s most vulnerable children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report finds Arizona failing to keep up with national trends in several categories, most notably child poverty, which has fallen nationwide for four consecutive years and now averages about 19 percent.

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School starts soon, remember basic safety

| July 4, 2018
School starts soon, remember basic safety

In the midst of the flurry of activity that accompanies heading back to school, it’s worthwhile to take a few moments to review some basic safety tips for grown-ups and children.

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Community partnerships, early education and STEAM make Laguna Elementary an A+ School (+ Video, podcast, slideshow)

| July 4, 2018
Community partnerships, early education and STEAM make Laguna Elementary an A+ School (+ Video, podcast, slideshow)

Community partnerships, a focus on early learning and an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics have helped make Laguna Elementary School a success, said Dr. Kathleen Root, retiring principal of the Scottsdale school recently awarded the A+ School of Excellence Award for the fourth time from the Arizona Educational Foundation.

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NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

| July 4, 2018
NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

Native Americans have the lowest rate of university enrollment and graduation rates of any group in the United States—and in STEM fields, they represent only 0.5 percent of students nationwide. Another major hurdle for Native American populations is health-related. Those living on tribal lands experience a disproportionate rate of environmentally-associated health issues such as cancer, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

A team of Northern Arizona University researchers, led by co-principal investigators Cathy Propper and Leslie Schulz, were recently awarded $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a new program that will address both of these pressing issues while providing Native American students with unique opportunities to work with world-class researchers.

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CCC grad selected for prestigious Goldwater scholarship

| July 4, 2018
CCC grad selected for prestigious Goldwater scholarship

He went from being a high school dropout to being selected for one of the country’s most prestigious scholarships.

“I, more or less, got my GED because it seemed like a good idea,” said Coconino Community College graduate Daniel Rivera. “I’m pretty grateful that I tried to experience the real world without an education before I made the decision to come back and get one. That made my experience here at CCC immensely more valuable.”

Now an engineering student at Northern Arizona University, Rivera was selected to receive a scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship will help him achieve his goal of attaining a Ph.D.

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Tsaile holds first Girl Scouts STEM Camp. See more education news here

| July 4, 2018
Tsaile holds first Girl Scouts STEM Camp. See more education news here

Pointing to the stars under a cool Arizona night, Devon Gorman asked if any of the young girls would like to travel in space someday. 

Gorman, an amateur astrologist, presented to 84 girls, ages 5 to 17, from approximately 20 communities across the Navajo Nation who attended the inaugural Navajo Nation Girl Scouts STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Camp in Tsaile, Arizona. She asked her question because of the 45 female U.S. astronauts who have been in space, the majority were Girl Scouts.

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SOCSD introduces new leadership at ice cream social. See more education news here

| July 4, 2018
SOCSD introduces new leadership at ice cream social. See more education news here

With school out for the summer, West Sedona School’s cafeteria doesn’t typically get much traffic on a Monday evening — but the room was abuzz with activity on June 25 as parents, teachers, kids and other community members came together for an ice cream social.

More than 50 turned out for the free ice cream, but also to meet Sedona Oak Creek School District’s new superintendent, Denny Dearden, and elementary school principal, Brenda Buck. Both shared a few words about themselves and their hopes for the district.

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13 percent pay hike possible for WUSD teachers. See more education news here

| July 4, 2018
13 percent pay hike possible for WUSD teachers. See more education news here

Williams Unified School District teachers will likely see a 13 percent pay raise this year.

The WUSD governing board will vote July 11 on the 2018-2019 budget, which includes a 10 percent increase from state lawmakers in addition to a 3 percent increase from district money promised last year.

The #RedForEd movement is behind the raise, with Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers making it possible for Williams schools to receive an additional $132,615 that will be used toward raises.

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LeChee family starts 5k to raise money for youth running camp

| July 4, 2018
LeChee family starts 5k to raise money for youth running camp

The inaugural Curley Family 5K Fundraiser kicks off its maiden run Saturday June 30 at 6 a.m. at the LeChee Chapter House. The fun-for-the-whole family event has generated the backing and support of the community with high hopes the 5K will become popular among the youth. The proceeds will fund siblings Nariah, Amya, Gavyn, and Kylie’s attendance the Duck Creek Running Camp in Utah. With the generosity of sponsors, Nealsa Curley is hoping to call the race a ‘first annual’ with future plans to send more children to camp.

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Science Saturday: It’s a Bug’s Life

| July 2, 2018
Science Saturday: It’s a Bug’s Life

Join Willow Bend and NAU Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy crawly Science Saturday.

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