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Florence teacher receives Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers grant

Posted 11/16/21

Ariel Page, a second-grade teacher at American Leadership Academy in Florence, recently received a $2,500 grant from the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers …

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Education

Florence teacher receives Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers grant

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Ariel Page, a second-grade teacher at American Leadership Academy in Florence, recently received a $2,500 grant from the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program.

“They may not wear capes, but teachers are real-life superheroes. They give tirelessly to their students and Wishes for Teachers is our opportunity to reward them for their efforts,” said Jeff Meshey, president and CEO at Desert Financial, in a press release. “Desert Financial was founded by teachers — we continue their legacy by returning as the title partner for this year’s Wishes for Teachers, in partnership with Fiesta Bowl Charities. Teachers often pay for school supplies out of their own pockets, so there’s no greater way to express our gratitude than by granting their classroom wishes.” 

Through a three-day Virtual Draft Day presented by Salt River Project, 400 teachers from K-12 schools were each given $2,500 to grant a wish in their classrooms.

The winners were chosen based on a program in the fall in which any Arizona K-12 teacher was able to fill out an online application detailing a school or classroom need. The wishes were then verified and selected by random drawing for teachers to receive a grant.

Over the six years of the program, Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers has granted $4.7 total million to more than 1,200 Arizona teachers, impacting more than 500,000 children across the state. 

“It is so exciting when we call each teacher to let them know their name was selected as a grant recipient,” said Patrick Barkley, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “Wishes for Teachers is well-known around the state as the preeminent program for teacher support. My mom was a teacher, and we all know teachers who inspire us with their selfless work.”  

This year, the 400 teachers represent 300 schools in 63 cities across the state, teaching more than 200,000 students in 84 districts over 75 subjects, from social studies to special education, literature to leadership, music to math. Page is using her $2,500 wish to build a classroom library for the students to enjoy. 

  For more information, or for a full list of granted wishes, visit www.fiestabowl.org.

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