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This August, I began my 19th year as a public school educator in the field of American history and government. The message I convey to my students each year is that they can make an impact in the world that they live in. When they enter my classroom, they see the following statements on my back wall: Use Your Voice, Take A Stand, Make A Difference.
The Gilbert Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is encouraging citizens to host neighborhood parties in honor of National Crime Prevention Month in October.
Residents of Gilbert will have a chance to learn more about cultures from across the world at the 10th annual Global Village Festival on April 12.
Protesters chanted from the streets of downtown Phoenix last weekend in a rally to voice their desire for change from their lawmakers.
For years Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have flexed their political muscles and pushed through legislation that represented what she calls “fundamental principles,” often those espoused in the Bible.
THINKspot, located in the Red Mountain Branch Library, will host Mesa’s Code Across event on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City of Mesa kicked off its participation in the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program on Feb. 3.
The Arizona Department of Education is looking to develop a new assessment in order to replace the current AIMS test.
Mesa Community College (MCC) is one of seven community colleges across the country awarded a service-learning grant from the Teagle Foundation.
Community service is part of the culture and a requirement at Seton Catholic High School, but Claire Evans took such service to another level this year.
People who plan to participate in Mesa’s annual Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26 are eligible to receive small grants for their service.
Mesa High School senior Karina Rivera remembered the moment when she realized her school was special.
Higley High School is one of 20 schools to be recognized next month for civic engagement by the Arizona Department of Education.
Six Mesa schools were honored this month for civic engagement by the Arizona Department of Education.
Chandler's Hamilton High School has been recognized as one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education, part of the department's Excellence in Civic Engagement Program launched in October.
When conversations first began about how to achieve the Arizona we want, we set an ambitious goal: Identify a vision and set goals for Arizona that could mobilize people and communities throughout the state.
Students from the East Valley were among those honored Thursday for their writing in the 2013 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest.
My fellow Americans, I just finished reviewing my son’s fifth-grade homework assignment on the Mayflower Compact and was explaining to my son that "majority rules" is the basic tenet of our government and its constitution. This got me thinking about our current political climate. There are some cynical elements in our political landscape that constantly engage in obstructive agendas that continue to undermine the majority’s wishes.
Through St. Mary’s Food Bank, an Ahwatukee Foothills family is aiming to feed 5,000 families before the new year.
My mother was born and raised in Wyoming, the first state in the nation to give women the right to vote. She voted her entire life. My grandmother cast her first vote in the 1924 presidential election there. My great-grandmother never had a choice.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber Commerce, which was founded in 1994 by a dedicated group of dynamic Ahwatukee business people, has been successful in creating a vibrant business community. Recently, the chamber announced it has established the Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation (ACCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as an additional component focusing on civic, social and educational programs and projects. The foundation was established in 2011 to further the chamber’s mission by engaging Ahwatukee residents and the community at large.
Arizona has been near the bottom of national education rankings for years. The National Education Association has Arizona ranked at 48th in spending per student, and according to a recent report by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Arizona has had the largest drop among the 50 states in education funding since 2008.
Give us live music, face-painting, replicas of key American buildings and monuments, and a fireworks show, and we’re there.
We love our local businesses and their unique impact on our community. Saturday, Aug. 18 is dedicated to driving sales to small businesses at one of the slowest times of the year. Cash Mob Saturday is the time to come out and support local small businesses in your community and boost the economy in the process.
In this July 19, 2012 photo, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, center, poses for a photo with Janis Gallego as Pauline Hechler takes the photo in Tucson, Ariz.. O'Connor spoke at a gathering to announce a voter participation and civic engagement initiative at the YWCA. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES