this year Our annual fundraising campaign kicks off in summertime as we pause between school years to reflect and strategize. Thank you to our many regional and national supporters for investing in our work and mission. Donations are tax-deductible and welcome throughout the year. to Contribute online, visit the ‘Donate’ page.
June 30, 2017
This summer marks the end of a big year for us – and the exciting start of a new one. We are proud of what we accomplished and well aware that we couldn’t have done it alone. With your support and investment, we grew our programs, continued to teach and lead in ways we know are good for young people, and collaborated to share our practices.
I want to share my gratitude with you – and a few highlights from the year.
- Coming together as one. In the 2016-2017 school year, we brought together our three secondary schools under one nonprofit umbrella to ensure the sustainability of our powerful small school model – and to have a greater impact together.
- Opening our doors. Southern Arizona educators visited our schools to learn with us about project-based learning, collaboration with colleagues, and student demonstrations of learning. Over 150 teachers and leaders participated in our workshops and Edcamp events.
- Connecting students to the world. Our students headed to Phoenix to pitch start-ups on the SeedSpot stage, to Puerto Peñasco to explore the desert-sea biome, and to L.A. to visit world-class museums and camp along the Pacific. In the Old Pueblo, they danced at Zuzi!, practiced parkour at Playformance, conducted research at the Public Library, tinkered at Xerocraft, and learned from experts on the U of A campus.
- Engaging the community. An audience of 200 attended our screening of an education documentary at The Loft. Over 60 community leaders joined us for school tours, while the CommunityShare initiative connected countless volunteers to local schools.
- Leading regionally and nationally. Our program directors and principals were recognized as thought leaders in the field, receiving awards, leading panels, giving speeches, and participating in selective programs designed to foster innovation.
- Looking to the future. With our CITY 2020 strategic plan as the guide, we have big plans ahead. Look for construction crews in our corner of downtown as we begin renovations to create more space for innovative teaching and learning and community partnerships.
I invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to our annual fund. Support from education champions like you is essential as we build on the success of our three schools and expand our reach. Together, we can make an even bigger impact!
Carrie Brennan, Executive Director