Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Our School's in the Spotlight!

When I was in college, Mark Crockett told me, "Jarret, you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with." How true.

We stand on the shoulders of giants in our association with Arizona Charter School Association . Their recent feature of CFA - Phoenix in their E-update talks about our mission and our students.

We are proud to partner with such a fine organization. We applaud their efforts on behalf of the students, parents - moreover, the charter community.

Find out more by going here.

Nation's Largest School for Homeless Children Offers More than a Quality Education
The students who enroll in Children First Academy - Phoenix are not typical public school students. Many of the children routinely go without life's basic necessities - food, clothing, air conditioning, water, and most importantly a stable home life.
Although many of the students never spend more than one night in the same place, they always have their school to attend each day. It fulfills much more than the typical school's role; it is the sense of stability these children so desperately need.
The staff at Children First Academy address the most critical needs of their students each day - this includes transportation, meals, clothing and even medical and dental care. The school has five buses with no set boundaries. Each day they pick up the children whose addresses change on a weekly, even daily, basis. Breakfast and lunch are provided by the school, and a mobile dental and medical unit visits the kids each week. Children First Academy - Phoenix also has a clothing closet that the children visit once a month. In addition to the clothes, they get hygiene packages complete with shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
To put their plight into dollars and cents, there are approximately 28,000 high school dropouts in Arizona each year, which costs $28 million (or $1 million per dropout) in state revenues, or taxable revenues over the course of their lifetime that they would otherwise inject or infuse into the economy.
Because of the services that Children First Academy provides, it is more than just a school; it is the student's safety net and their lifeline to a better future.

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