When my father Ira Fulton was just 12 years old, his father stood him in front of a mirror and said, “Ira, this is your competition. Don’t compare yourself to others; just compare yourself with you.” Years later, my father would repeat this scenario, but now he was the father and I was the mirror image.
Mikaela Martin thought it best to put herself in the shoes of others less fortunate. Last year the 17-year-old Horizon Honors High School senior and cross-country track member started a program at her school to collect old pairs of tennis shoes, clean them, and then donate them to the Tempe Salvation Army. The honor student was able to collect 180 pairs of shoes, completing the project on Thanksgiving Day while passing out the shoes to homeless individuals.
In January, an official for the Arizona Diamondbacks heard the Valley Christian High School Chorale group singing the National Anthem on KOOL FM as part of the Fulton Homes Noon Salute program. Valley Christian’s talented singers won the hearts and ears of the Diamondbacks so much that the group was invited to sing the patriotic song before a game.
Desert Vista High School teacher Darlene Wedington-Clark is hitting all the right notes with her music students. One, in particular, is 14-year-old Timothy Newport. The freshman classical guitarist is not only excelling in the school’s strings program, He’s also taken up the violin. All of Wedington-Clark’s students are performing at a higher level, making beautiful music in the school’s Concert Strings Orchestra.
Before tip-off at the Phoenix Suns final game last week against the Memphis Grizzlies, Fulton Homes Vice President Dennis Webb presented a $76,500 check to Suns Charities for the season-long “Proud to Own the 3-Point Zone” program.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona among children 1 to 4 years old. This alarming statistic is one of the reasons Fulton Homes, for the 12th consecutive year, is sponsoring the Valley’s most successful and recognized water safety programs.
Arizona State University will not increase tuition for Arizona undergraduate students for the academic year that begins in fall 2014. This applies to both current students and those entering that year. No determination has been made yet regarding tuition levels for out-of-state students or for graduate students, whether in-state or out-of-state.
While school teachers may be under-recognized by many, Fulton Homes continues to acknowledge educators for their unwavering sacrifice and dedication to their students. As the new school year begins, the Tempe-based homebuilder is once again taking the lead to support teachers and education.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored Fulton Homes for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes by presenting the Tempe-based homebuilder with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. The honor recognizes a builder that promotes energy efficient construction and helps to protect the environment through partnership with ENERGY STAR.
As temperatures begin rising, so do concerns for children around pools with no fences. To help alleviate the worries of families and assure children’s safety, Fulton Homes is kicking off its annual Fence Patrol program this month.
Darcy Frear, a Desert Vista High graduate and biomedical engineering major in Arizona State’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Barrett, the Honors College, has won the Greater Phoenix Area 2013 Outstanding Engineering Student award.
Home Depot is hosting a customer appreciation event on March 2, March into Spring, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot on Interstate 10 and Ray Road. There will be free food and drink, games and a do-it-yourself workshop. They will also be handing out prizes for the coloring contest they have been conducting for the past month.
There’s something missing from our current debate about national health care. Too few are talking about actual health. We lament the red tape, the gaps in insurance coverage and the costs that seem to escalate daily. But we often forget the central point: Our own individual health and well being. How can Americans be healthier, feel better and live longer?