Encouraging Students in Arizona to Read

Page High School administration needs literacy promotion for high school kids

The town of Page is located amid the stark mesas, wild terrain, and incredible desert beauty of north-central Arizona, only a few miles from the Utah border. One of the youngest communities in the United States, Page actually began in 1957 as a housing camp for workers building the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Today, the majority of its residents are Navajo; the town lies just off the western fringes of the Reservation, […]

Head of the Class in Peru

More than ten former sponsored children at the Puente Piedra Girls' Home are school administrators

Located along South America’s central-western coast, Peru comprises arid Pacific coastlands, spectacular mountain ranges and the vast Amazon rainforest. This land has been home to indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Inca Empire, the culture that constructed Peru’s most iconic landmark, Machu Picchu. Peru’s rich culture, breathtaking beauty, and wealth of natural resources, however, belie the abject poverty in which many of its residents live. Many rural areas are still recovering from the […]

Earning Bucks for Good Behavior

Affirmative Behavior Initiative at Pinon Community School is helping children in school

The remote community of Pinon is located amid the incredible desert beauty of northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, 160 miles from the Grand Canyon. The Reservation comprises more than 27,000 square miles of spectacular but inhospitable countryside, extending into both Utah and New Mexico. For many children from impoverished households, the Pinon Community School offers them the opportunity to receive a quality education while also receiving positive reinforcements from staff for good behavior. Despite […]

Accelerating Reading for Children in Arizona

Computer software is helpful for teachers to encourage reading among students

Administrators at the schools we partner with are the ones most closely linked to the children in our program and have a deep understanding of the tools they need to help them excel in school. Accelerated Reader can also help improve a student’s knowledge of many different varieties of books and also raise their vocabulary. While visiting our affiliated project, Lake/Desert View Elementary School in Arizona, our President and CEO, Ron Carter, met with our […]

Valuable Lessons Learned in Manizales

Mothers of children at Centro de Orientación are teaching their children about the importance of education

For our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and me, our trip to Colombia ended in Manizales, where we visited the last of our three affiliated projects in the country, Centro de Orientación. Established by an order of nuns, Centro de Orientación functions as a community center to rehabilitate mothers who have fallen victim to the ravages of poverty, often having no other choice than to work on the streets of Manizales to make money. […]

No Money for a Librarian at Red Rock Day School

In Arizona’s Navajo Nation, lack of funding means lack of adequate staffing

The remote community of Red Valley – home to Red Rock Day School – is situated amid the incredible desert beauty of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Comprising more than 27,000 square miles of spectacular but inhospitable countryside, the Reservation extends into both Utah and New Mexico. Within 60 miles of the school is the famous “Four Corners,” a spot marking the meeting of four state boundaries– Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah –at a single […]