The last many weeks have been filled with news that is breath-taking in the truest sense of the word. From hurricanes and floods to last week’s unimaginable news from Las Vegas, so many are suffering.
Each time, we rose to the challenge. Donations poured in. Food banks were filled. Blood drives were standing-room-only.
It’s what Americans do.
In Arizona, many classroom teachers struggle to make sure students have the basics. And don’t bother asking for money for a special after-school initiative. The answer is most likely “no.”
Many take money from their own families to pay for the “extras.” It’s what they do.
Our Wishes for Teachers initiative aims to help.
The goal is simple: Enlist the community to help give as many $5,000 grants as possible to classroom teachers — no strings attached. It’s the second year for Wishes for Teachers, which was created by the Fiesta Bowl Charities. This year, The Arizona Republic and azcentral are contributing $100,000, as well.
(To donate, text “wishlist” to 51555, go to wishes.azcentral.com or fill out the coupon on A4 of today’s paper and mail it to us.)
Last year, 100 teachers received grants. They paid for things that many of us take for granted in our own child’s school:
- Inside today’s Republic, reporter Candace McPhillips tells us about Sheri Pierce at Houston Elementary in Gilbert, who spent up to $100 a month to pay for supplies for a STEM club.
- At New River Elementary, students had to borrow sports equipment from other schools. There was often a wait list. A grant to gym teacher Stella Peper provided relief.
- A computer math program at Burk Elementary in Gilbert was being suspended until teacher Holly Shupe received a grant that paid for a two-year extension
These grants aren’t being used for ice cream parties. They’re being used to solve real needs. Your donation to Wishes for Teachers won’t solve all of our education challenges. But, as always, we do what we can to help.
Thank you for helping make a difference every day. And for helping make some wishes for teachers come true.
Mi-Ai Parrish is president of Republic Media, publisher of The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
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