It’s tough for Andrea Benkel to pinpoint her favorite part of her job as director of early childhood development at Summit School of Ahwatukee, so it’s surprising to hear that 10 years ago, it’s a job she never expected to have.
There’s nothing more important in the world to you than your family. However, your family-owned business probably helps support your family. So when it comes to protecting both your family and your business, you need to carefully consider your moves.
Many Americans have heard of the National School Lunch Program. It is one of the most successful ways we fight childhood hunger, both here in Arizona and across the U.S. Through the program, 461,802 Arizona children received free- or reduced-price lunch during the 2013-14 school year; across the country, 19.5 million students received healthy meals.
Here are two different ideas, which seem mutually exclusive but are both true: 1) This world is a broken place; yet 2) God is good. On the contrary, we might assume that if God is truly good then the world shouldn’t be a broken place.
We-Cycle-USA collected used bicycles in Ahwatukee Foothills during December and even though that event resulted in more than 50 bikes going to needy adults and children, the organization is now in need of more.
Lynne Avril packs every summer to spend it in Paris. She commutes to work in Ahwatukee wearing her pink flannel pajamas, feeling the cool cement floor on her bare feet as she patters from bed to studio. She may sit with the morning sunlight warming her back and continue until her eyes grow tired from the bright glare of the lamp perched on her desk. Maxie, her recently groomed puppy, is snuggled on the white leather chair nearby. White pieces of paper conceal most surfaces with countless sketches venturing to show a story written by another. She expresses her thoughts with black lines and passionately coloring outside of them, endearing characters evolve. A teetering stack of paper plates splotched with carefully chosen paint colors are her pallets and labeled with names like Amelia, Ruby, Nellie Sue or Sadie. Just a few steps down the narrow hallway her front bedroom displays her work. Tall bookcases hug the walls, parading the colorful books she brings to life.
A tour of Michael Pollack’s three museums show a man who revels in a past that started well before his entry into the world. One is loaded with memorabilia from bygone days, things that used to linger behind the glass panes on department storefronts to convert window shoppers into spenders. A couple other pieces have a “one of these things is not like the others” ring to it given their relative modernity, like the mini statue of Sonic the Hedgehog.
I’m a firm believer in accountability. I don’t believe Arizona’s K-12 education accountability plan is tough enough. Yes, we require all our public-school students to take the statewide assessment. Students must pass AIMS to get into fourth grade and graduate from high school. However, students and schools are only accountable for math and reading. Furthermore, once-a-year “bubble-in” exams are incapable of measuring whether students can apply skills in “real world” situations. We do give third- through 10th-graders writing exams, but experts don’t evaluate them. Pearson, the London-based testing company Arizona hired, advertises for $12 an-hour temporary workers to score tests (bachelor’s degree required).
Summer’s here and it’s time for some fun in the sun. But how do you make sure your kids don’t encounter an educational backslide? Many teachers and parents refer to this phenomenon as the “Summer Brain Drain.”
Now that the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments based on two lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health care plans, it might be a good time to take a look back before moving forward.
Saying the plan shorts child safety and education, six dissident House Republicans said Wednesday talks have broken down with their own party leaders, leaving a proposed $9.2 billion state budget in limbo.
The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that can be used on your home can also apply to your investments and your overall financial strategy.
Spring is in the air and while many are on spring break, heading to a spring training game or spring cleaning, as a math specialist who works with kids of all ages, I can’t help but think of spring as a fun time to reinforce math concepts, especially for the younger set. Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time working one-on-one with children in Pre-K and kindergarten to work on their individual math plans, tailored to their needs. These young learners enjoy calendar time, temperature, time and date — and of course, exploring of the hands-on and “eye spy” variety.