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APS and Phoenix Suns to provide STEM teacher grants


In partnership with Phoenix Suns Charities, APS will be providing grants up to $2,500 to support kindergarten through high school teachers for STEM projects in the classroom. A total of up to $50,000 is available for the current school year.

Funding will be provided for projects that best encourage creativity and increase student motivation to learn. Successful proposals will promote exciting and innovative activities to motivate students and enhance their learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

A workforce proficient in STEM skills is critical to retaining and attracting high-quality businesses and industries to the state.

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Subway supports PBIS program at local school

Subway supports schools

Webster Elementary School has both a creative and delicious program – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) – in place to help teach students safety, responsibility and respect in the classroom. While it might sound a little odd, it has become one of the most hotly anticipated programs in the school.

PBIS supports adults, often teachers, in recognizing the positive choices students make. It focuses on thanking students for meeting expectations, thereby increasing accountability. Through PBIS, students earn tickets for meeting expectations, which are turned in regularly and tallied up for rewards. The most popular award: earning a walk with the principal.

– Raj Khillian, Subway Restaurants of Arizona

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Waste Management Phoenix Open raises record $13.2 million

Waste Management Phoenix Open Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $13.2 million for local charities from proceeds from the 2019 tournament. This is the first time exceeding $13 million in tournament history, breaking 2018’s $12.2 million record and marking the eighth consecutive year breaking the previous year’s record.

Since Waste Management became title sponsor in 2010, The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised $81 million for local charities. In the tournament’s history, dating back to 1932, the Open has raised over $147 million for local charities.

– Chance Cozby, The Thunderbirds

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27 Girl Scouts earn Gold Award

Girl Scouts Gold Award

Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to award its most prestigious honor, the Gold Award, to 27 local girls this year. This distinguished award, considered the most difficult to earn, allows Girl Scouts to take action in their communities by tackling an issue and implementing measurable change.

Gold Award Girl Scouts provide sustainable solutions to society’s biggest challenges. This year’s awardees have tackled prominent issues by cleaning up our planet, creating programs to support low-income students’ well-being, creating self-defense programs to battle violence against women, getting laws changed to end forced child marriage and more.

– Heather Thornton, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

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Washington Federal Foundation makes nearly $800,000 in contributions

Washington Federal Foundation contributions

The Washington Federal Foundation, which facilitates direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving the needs of low- and moderate-income individuals across its eight-state footprint, contributed $794,560 to organizations in need in 2018.

As a financial institution dedicated to financing home ownership, Washington Federal is especially interested in supporting programs that help provide affordable housing for individuals, with donations to organizations including UMOM New Day Centers and Habitat for Humanity.

In 2019, I’m honored to join the board for the Washington Federal Foundation, helping direct decisions on giving as well as to represent Arizona’s 31 community-minded branches.

– Paris Davis, Washington Federal