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Arizona Rural Policy Forum Heads to Graham County

Annual event brings rural leaders and advocates from around the state to connect and share resources June 26, 2017 (Thatcher, AZ) – The Rural Policy Forum, hosted by the Local First Arizona Foundation and Arizona Rural Development Council, connects rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities. This year’s event will be hosted in the Safford and Thatcher communities August 9-11, 2017, showcasing what the region has to offer in terms of amenities and economic development opportunities. Read More »

Lee Kornegay student, Dennis Davis wins Spelling Bee

Lee Kornegay Intermediate School student Dennis Davis won the 2017 Gila County Spelling Bee held Feb. 23 in Payson. Davis spelled the word “feldspar” correctly to take home the title. He’ll compete in the Arizona State Spelling Bee on March 25 in Phoenix. High Desert Middle School Student Bradley Pollock earned third place. Rim Country Middle School’s Chance Hagler got second place. The Gila County Superintendent’s Office thanks the parents, teachers, administrators, judges, pronouncers, and Payson High School for helping make the event a success. Pictured (R to L) are Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval, Dennis Davis, Chance Hagler, and Bradley Pollock.   Read More »

Superintendent Roy Sandoval meets with stakeholders to discuss education challenges

GILA COUNTY- Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval recently brought together local school administrators and legislators for a conversation about some of the challenges that rural Arizona educators are tackling every day. Representatives David Cook and T.J. Shope as well as Senator Frank Pratt joined Gila County school administrators for the meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 at Globe High School. Read More »

Spelling Bee scheduled for Feb. 23 at Payson High School

GILA COUNTY – Each year, teachers and administrators volunteer to spend many hours organizing and hosting classroom, school and district level spelling bees so they can send their top spellers to the County Spelling Bee. The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office encourages you to support County students and schools by attending this year’s Gila County Spelling Bee. Read More »

March 1 is deadline to Nominate an Outstanding Teacher of the Year

GILA COUNTY-Gila County School Superintendent Roy Sandoval is proud to announce that the Teacher of the Year Award nominations are now open.             “This award is an important opportunity for us to lift up the stories of exceptional educators in Gila County,” says Superintendent Sandoval. “Anyone can nominate a teacher who has gone out of their way to change the course of their students’ lives.”  Celebrating its seventh year, the Gila County Teacher of the Year Program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 professional educators from public and charter schools who have made a lasting impact on Gila County’s school-aged children.             Teachers can be nominated by a fellow educator, an administrator, a parent, or a community member. The Gila County Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 award, a plaque, and recognition countywide.             To nominate someone, download the form at www.gilacountyesa.org under “Upcoming Events/Teacher of the Year.” Alternatively, contact Christine Lopez at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office at 928-402-8783 or by email at clopez@gilacountyaz.gov for more information on how to submit a nomination.              The deadline to submit nominations is by 5 p.m.  on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To be eligible for selection as the ... Read More »

Globe High Band blazing trail to success led by new director, Chris Richardson

People spend years looking for that one place – where they are appreciated and accepted and where their talents are given room to grow. A love of music led 19 Globe High School students to the corner of the more than 100-year-old school, where, unbeknownst to them, they would enter a world full of much more than instruments and sheet music. When Mississippi born and bred Chris Richardson decided to move west two years ago, he had no idea he would end up in Globe, but as soon as he saw the historic town and learned the realities of the school district’s band program, he knew he had come to the right place. Read More »

Read On Express hosts more than 1,400 parents, kids & volunteers

More than 800 children experienced the magic of Christmas and received a free book during the Read On Christmas Express on Dec. 10. The annual event was held at the Train Depot on Broad Street in Globe. The weather was mild as parents and children stood in line to see Santa, were read a Christmas story, made faces at the Grinch, who was kept safely behind glass, and rode the Express.  “I want to thank you for the wonderful job that everyone did for the 2016 Read-On Express!” Sharon Listiak, coordinator for the event, wrote to the numerous volunteering agencies. “The numbers clearly speak for themselves.” According to the sign-in sheets, the event attracted: 813 children+596 parents=1,409 total Of those who attended, 70 were returning families and 325 were new families. People attended from 31 Arizona communities, and there was even a family from Hawaii. There were more than 80 volunteers (set-up and take down workers, ROTC, elves, Santa, vendors, conductors, servers, hot chocolate makers, book reader’s and even the Grinch) by the time the event was over.  “If you add the volunteers to the total, we had approximately 1,489 people at our event,” Listiak wrote. Read On Christmas Express made ... Read More »

Traditional toys and caring adult interactions are best for young kids’ learning

Globe-Miami-Payson, November 2016– When it comes to promoting learning for children 5 and younger, basic toys and quality time with adults are the best gifts an infant, toddler or preschooler can receive. But what about all those flashy, electronic toys with lights and sounds that we see advertised so much this season? One Northern Arizona University researcher has studied whether they provide an advantage to a young child’s learning. Anna Sosa, director of the NAU Child Speech and Language Lab in Flagstaff, set out to see which everyday activities promote the best environment for babies and toddlers to learn language. Early language development is critical to a child’s learning. And babies, toddlers and preschoolers need to hear a lot of language in order to best learn how to speak and eventually transfer those skills into reading and writing. Read More »

Dreams become reality through University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix ‘Pathway’ to medical school hopefuls

Pathway Scholars Program accepting applications until December 1st  for 2017/2018 academic year   PHOENIX, AZ (November 14, 2016) For many Arizonan’s, attending medical school is a dream that may seem unattainable for many reasons. Some financial, some because of other obstacles in their lives. The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix is changing that equation with their Pathway Scholars Program (PSP), specifically in the rural areas of Arizona. Read More »

San Carlos Artist, Robert Wilson, showcased in 4th edition of Telling Our Stories, tells his story as an emerging talent.

After talking to San Carlos Apache artist Robert Wilson about the things that inspire him, it’s not hard to believe him when he says, “pretty much anything.” Over the course of our conversation, I lose count of the number of times he says some variation of “I wanted to learn to do that,” when he recalls first seeing something that lights him up: graffiti in an older kid’s notebook in middle school, new styles and mediums of fine art in high school, or Japanese anime art. Wilson doesn’t stop at admiration; if he likes it, he teaches himself to do it. “I’m learning every day,” he says. Wilson, 23, who is also a freelance graphic designer, traces his beginnings as an artist back to his father. “My dad used to always like doing drawings in the kitchen. I would sit there and watch him as he would draw. He would be drawing whatever came to his mind […] traditional baskets or people or elders. I liked that. I was like, ‘Wow. That’s really cool.’ I wanted to learn how to do that,” Wilson says. Read More »