Examples of Excellence


Volunteer programs at Blue Ridge Elementary helping to boost reading skills

Lakeside, AZ

In the picturesque community of Lakeside, Ariz., Blue Ridge Elementary School is home to nearly 1,200 students in kindergarten through …

Submitted by Dave Clark on 2/26/19


Getting students online through Cox; low-cost program helps improve grades

Phoenix, AZ

An estimated 70 percent of teachers today are giving homework that requires students to access the internet. For youth whose …

Submitted by Roxanne Wingate on 2/20/19


Arizona High Schoolers Earn Money For College While Learning Money Management Skills

Tucson, AZ

For parents all over the country, the growing cost of college is a looming concern. How will they pay for their child …

Submitted by Kate Hoffman on 2/12/19


More rural Arizona students benefiting from access to college courses thanks to Northland Pioneer College

Show Low, AZ

At Northland Pioneer College (NPC) in northeastern Arizona, one of the biggest challenges is reaching students in their remote locales. With nine locations …

Submitted by Renell Heister on 2/4/19


Paradise Valley Unified employs volunteers to help teachers, students reach goals

Phoenix, AZ

When students need more one-on-one assistance or small group instruction to master a skill, Paradise Valley Unified School District teachers know they …

Submitted by Jim Lee on 1/23/19


Opportunity youth in Pima County aided by Tucson Youth Development

Tucson, AZ

In Pima County, 13 percent of youth ages 16-24 are neither working or in school. These “opportunity youth” are the …

Submitted by Linda Reyes on 1/18/19


How Tucson Unified School District elevated math learning

Tucson, AZ

With nearly 90 schools in the region, leaders at Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) oversee more than 47,000 students in …

Submitted by Dr. Gabriel Trujillo on 1/14/19


Northern Arizona University’s foster grandparent program helping to shape children for tomorrow

Flagstaff, AZ

For more than 50 years, the Foster Grandparent Program has engaged low-income older adults to assist youth in their educational journey. In the …

Submitted by Erin Kruse on 12/5/18