Applications now open on WishesForTeachers.org; At least 100 teachers will have wish granted
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Arizona’s teachers can now submit their wish on how they would use $5,000 for their classrooms. Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers, in partnership with azcentral, will provide more than 100 grants of $5,000 each to Arizona K-12 public or charter school teachers.
Teachers fill out an online application form at WishesForTeachers.org detailing their school or classroom need and, after meeting the criteria, wishes are selected by random drawing to receive a $5,000 grant. The application period runs through Friday, November 3.
All teachers who submit their wish receive a complimentary one-year digital subscription to azcentral.
“Wishes for Teachers hits the nail right on the head of the Fiesta Bowl mission to support Arizonans through education, youth and sports,” said Steve Leach, Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Education is the foundation for success in life, from youth through adulthood. We’re honored to be able to equip our teachers with extra tools and make them even more impactful than they are today.”
Fiesta Bowl Charities will match up to $500,000 in contributions, with the ultimate goal to substantially increase the overall funding from 2016 and the number of teachers who will enjoy a $5,000 wish. The Arizona Republic and azcentral have joined in the efforts by spearheading a new text to donate initiative and providing promotional support for this important campaign.
To donate to the Wishes for Teachers program, text ‘TEACHERS’ to 51555 or use the online donation form. The contribution period is open through November 3.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with our first year’s achievements in helping Arizona’s teachers make their classrooms better. Teachers give so much in their daily commitment to building our future leaders,” said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “Wishes for Teachers gives a boost of support for our teachers and helps them create new educational tracks, purchase much-needed current-day equipment and inspire growth in their students.”
“This an exciting opportunity to literally make teachers’ wishes come true,” said Mi-Ai Parrish, President of azcentral and The Arizona Republic. “We were impressed by the Fiesta Bowl’s work in this critical area and immediately signed on to help do even more to enrich Arizona’s youth in the classroom.”
Fiesta Bowl Charities created Wishes for Teachers in 2016 and granted $500,000 to 100 teachers statewide, with each teacher receiving $5,000 to bolster resources in schools and benefit students. The Fiesta Bowl organization saw that many teachers spent money on their own to enhance their classroom experience and developed a program to aid teachers in that effort. To see a complete list of the wishes granted, please visit WishesForTeachers.org.
In addition to the financial gift, selected teachers have the opportunity to be recognized in the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade and on-field at the 29th Annual Cactus Bowl at Chase Field.
ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL
The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.
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