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Teachers: Kick-off school by applying for AZEdNews Classroom Grant


Canyon Springs Special Education Teacher And Student Support Services Coordinator LaRae Klay, Center, Accepts The AZEdNews Teacher Classroom Grant Check From Canyon Springs STEM Academy Assistant Principal April Fraley, Right. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

If you are a teacher who developed some great ideas to engage your students in distance learning this summer, you might want to kick-off back-to-school by applying for the AZEdNews Classroom Grant.

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The AZEdNews Classroom Grant –  sponsored by Davidson/Belluso – gives back to teachers with $200 grants designed to enhance students’ learning awarded in September, December, February, and April. When teachers apply, they describe how their initiative impacts students’ achievement and how it reflects the priorities of their governing board and district. Thanks to Davidson/Belluso’s generosity, two teachers will be awarded $200 grants each quarter this school year.

Click here to apply for the AZEdNews Classroom Grant

AZEdNews Classroom Grant is such an important recognition of the amazing work our teachers are doing in Arizona,” said Todd Bresnahan, chief growth officer of Davidson/Belluso.

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Rob Davidson, left, and Michela Belluso, right, co-founders of Davison/Belluso.

Davidson/Belluso is a full-service, award-winning advertising agency based in Phoenix. Founded in 2001 by Michela Belluso and Rob Davidson, Davidson/Belluso is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and as a Small Business Enterprise and Disadvantage Business Enterprise by the City of Phoenix.

Since its founding 20 years ago, the focus of Davidson/Belluso has been to work with cause brands and purpose-driven organizations to provide marketing and advertising services so they can have even more impact serving the people and communities in our state.

Davidson/Belluso has a long history of partnering with ASBA and other educational organizations in Arizona, so when Heidi Otero, ASBA director of communications, mentioned to D/B that ASBA was looking for a sponsor for the AZEdNews Classroom Grant, we immediately said we would like to be that sponsor,” Bresnahan said.

Educational communication and marketing are primary areas of expertise for Davidson/Belluso, which has helped public educational entities from K-12 and higher education in their marketing efforts by communicating with their audiences, increasing enrollment, and maximizing resources.

“The AZEdNews Classroom Grant is a perfect fit to continue and deepen our partnership with ASBA and the educational community, as well as helping give back to the teachers that are working so hard in Arizona for our kids,” Bresnahan said.

For clients in the education space, Davidson/Belluso typically provides support for improving student enrollment, crafting new branding and brand enhancement, enhancing website performance, facilitating community outreach through public relations and social media, as well as providing graphic design and copywriting services for collateral and publication needs, Bresnahan said.

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Davidson/Belluso staff from left to right: Top row – Christine Korecki, director of account management; Todd Bresnahan, chief growth officer; Mike Barcia, director of digital strategy. Bottom row: Bruce Nilsson, chief creative and strategy officer ; Gary Campbell; and Gustavo Estrella, director of creative services.

“Beyond the long-standing partnership Davidson/Belluso and ASBA have, and the education sector clients we work with, we are parents too,” said Michela Belluso, chief executive officer of Davidson/Belluso. “Many of the Davidson/Belluso team have children or grandchildren that attend Arizona schools – so this is personal for us. In fact, some of our team members are former teachers themselves.”

Phoenix Business Journal recognized Davidson/Belluso in their Book of Lists as one of the top companies in advertising, graphic design, web design services and public relations services. Davidson/Belluso has also worked with nonprofits – Arizona Pet Project, Child Crisis Arizona, Crisis Response Network, Arizona Burn Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Team USA – government clients – Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Commission for Postsecondary Education, First Things First, State Board of Education – and private sector companies – Lifewell Behavioral Wellness, Imaging Endpoints, and National Bank of Arizona.

“Supporting our teachers and helping our schools is important to us, and we know how important it is for Arizona families and important for our state to continue to grow and become an even more vibrant place to live,” Belluso said.