As a classroom mentor for junior high students with Valley of the Sun United Way’s Destination Graduation program, I learned as much as I taught. One common theme among the students is they all want to be taken more seriously by adults. From experience, here are my favorite tips for succeeding in life.
When I was young, my grandmother used to pick up my sisters and me once a week to visit the Saguaro Library in Phoenix. Here, I met Amelia Bedelia, Ramona Quimby and many other characters I fondly remember.
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Do you remember your favorite teacher? Here’s one you won’t want to forget when you learn how fifth grade teacher, Reid DeSpiegelaere made sure his students didn’t go hungry.
When I was a kid, I loved the school carnival: the games, music, cakewalk, and prizes. Imagine if that memorable event was focused on one thing – creating a love of reading – and you’ll get a glimpse into the wonderful Read On Greater Phoenix literacy fairs led by Valley of the Sun United Way.
For many families Spring Break means trips to the lake, library or spring training games. Kids relish time-off from formal learning, not realizing this week presents great opportunities to stimulate their brain with hands-on learning and new experiences.
I have a lot to smile about. Being a professional athlete with the Arizona Cardinals helped me reach career highs last football season as I achieved an all-time personal best record for sacks on the field.
The holidays are filled with family, celebration and gift giving. Why not put literacy at the top of your holiday list? It’s a great time of year to build the kind of love of literacy that will last life-long.
Join me for the Million Minutes Volunteer Reading Challenge. The goal is as exciting as it is bold: to collectively read one million minutes to local children by May 2014. Reading is the foundation for a child’s success in school and life and is more important than ever.
Before her career as a Destination Graduation coach at Camelback High School, Kelly Irvin spent most her life on and off the streets of Phoenix. But today, thanks to Kelly's dedication to education, hard work and the Destination Graduation program, students like Eric can find their way home and on the path to a bright future.