Community Schools News

April 15, 2019

Tucson on the right track to reduce dropout rate, report says

Arizona Public Media “Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild presented the findings from the national report evaluating the city’s efforts to re-engage students who leave school before graduation.” Read more…

March 1, 2019

Takeaways from Mayor Rothschild’s last State of the City address

Arizona Daily Star “Mayor Jonathan Rothschild highlighted the strides Tucson has made during his tenure as mayor while giving his last State of the City speech Friday afternoon.” Read more…

September 13, 2018

TUSD hopes to make students excited to come to school

Tucson News Now “TUSD kicked off Attendance Awareness Month on Aug. 30 at Sam Hughes Elementary School. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was in attendance for the kickoff along with TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo.” Read more…

September 7, 2018

Mayor joins TUSD, volunteers for Steps to Success walk

On Friday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined more than 100 volunteers and Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) staff members for the district’s 9th Steps to Success walk.

During the walk, teams knock on doors of students who dropped out or are at risk of dropping out and urge them to come back to school. Volunteers are paired with staff members who have information on what the student needs to graduate and the various options available to him or her.

In kicking off the event, TUSD School Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo reminded everyone that, “These aren’t bad kids,” just kids who were making poor decisions.

Mayor Rothschild emphasized the importance of engaging with the students, because failing to graduate from high school puts many good jobs out of reach.

Participants included the mayor, Dr. Trujillo, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, Tucson Ward 3 City Council Member Paul Durham, Pima County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams, members of the Tucson Fire Department, the Tucson Police Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, University of Arizona gymnasts, and many other community leaders.

Steps to Success brings high school dropouts back to the classroom

Tucson News Now “Mayor Rothschild and Dr. Trujillo were just a couple of the volunteers that hit the streets, hoping to get high school kids back in the classroom.” Read more…

May 31, 2018

Community Schools News—May 2018

How AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in the Community Schools program helped students through participating schools and programs.

C.E. Rose K-8 School

  • Raised over $1,000 in financial and in-kind donations for Teacher Appreciation Week and the Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Desert View High School

  • Hosted a Community Resource Fair for families of graduating students prior to the commencement ceremony

K-12 Refugee Education Services

  • Held an end of the school year celebration for students

Note from AmeriCorps VISTA Member Dulce Arroyo, serving at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

“I would like to share how amazing of a season I had helping families with low and moderate incomes to file their taxes. We have helped 15,808 families this season, and now that the tax season is over our Enrollment Specialist Team has helped students with their applications for FAFSA. The FAFSA can further their education and provide for their families, while helping the students become productive individuals in their communities.

It has been an incredible opportunity to discover what it means to be a part of a volunteer team with AmeriCorps and be part of this great community! The great energy, excitement and hard work that everybody is willing to do to better this community of Tucson is absolutely amazing!

Thank you Arizona Serve for this wonderful opportunity that you gave me to serve with this fabulous team!”

April 30, 2018

Community Schools News—April 2018

How AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in the Community Schools program helped students through participating schools and programs.

Desert View High School

  • Painted murals in the hallways

Palo Verde High School

  • Held FAFSA Night (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Met with students to explain how grades are calculated and why they matter; also helped students identify goals for the school year
  • Completed a campus beautification project

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

  • K-12 Refugee Education Services coordinated a panel discussion on Refugee Youth Well-Being and Trauma Informed Systems

Scholarships A-Z

  • At the 5th Annual Educators Conference, Change Requires Action, more than 70 educators received training on resources available to immigrant students

University of Arizona Early Academic Outreach

  • Arizona MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) held its annual statewide engineering competition for grades 6-12

Note from AmeriCorps NCCC Team Member Clara White, serving at Earth 9

“Earth 9 enjoyed serving with Arizona Serve. Working in eight different schools, two after-school programs, and four different VITA tax locations, the team felt integrated into the community. While working in the schools, Earth 9 completed 10 murals, brightening the schools and creating a lasting impact. The team also valued all the relationships created amongst the students. Additionally, the team enjoyed serving the clients at the VITA sites, talking to each client and learning about them. Doing taxes was instantly rewarding for the team because they were able to see the difference they were making through the conversations had and the amount of money being returned to each client. Working with Arizona Serve in Tucson for three months was an experience that was not only beneficial to the Tucson Community, but also Earth 9 with AmeriCorps NCCC.”