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Cross country champions who inspired movie visit Cartwright School District


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  • Veronica Sanchez/Cartwright School District

Damacio Diaz – Photo Credit: Film Frame From McFarland, USA ©Disney 2015

The Diaz Brothers, runners who inspired the movie McFarland USA, will be visiting Atkinson Middle School tomorrow afternoon. They will be giving pointers to cross country runners at the school and also offering inspiration to continue their education – beyond middle school and high school.

According to a 2013 census report, only 4.5% of Maryvale area students go on to purse a degree in college.

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David Diaz – Photo Credit: Film Frame ©Disney 2015

The Cartwright School District believes it is critical to reach students at the elementary and middle school ages in order to increase those numbers.

Exposing students to champions like the Diaz brothers, who went on to college, can help turn those statistics around.

The Diaz brothers will also be the keynote speakers at Cartwright’s 8th grade kickoff Wednesday, August 26th at Grand Canyon University Arena at 9:30am.

“McFarland, USA,” starring Kevin Costner, won the prestigious Latin Imagen award for best picture this year.

What:      Visit with Atkinson Cross Country team

Cross country champions who inspired movie visit Cartwright School District DamacioDiaz

Damacio Diaz – Photo Credit: Film Frame ©Disney 2015

Who:      David, Damacio & Danny Diaz visit with Atkinson’s Cross Country Team

When:    Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Mark T. Atkinson Middle School   at 4315 N. Maryvale Parkway, Phoenix, Az.

The Cartwright Elementary School District No.83, located in the West Valley, serves more than 19,000 students in 20 elementary schools.

Cartwright School District is a community of learners with a focus on results collaborating to the unique learning needs of every child by closing the achievement gap and exceeding state and national standards.

Cross country champions who inspired movie visit Cartwright School District DannyDiaz

Danny Diaz – Photo Credit: Film Frame ©Disney 2015

Learning for All, Every Child, Every School, Every Day.  For more information, visit the district’s website, www.csd83.org.

For more information, please contact Veronica Sanchez, director of communications & community engagement at (623) 691-4003, Cell (602) 359-1138.