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Tucson Unified, Pima County Public Library team up for fun event


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  • Tucson Unified School District and Pima County Library

Stories That Soar! Turns Stories Written By Children Into Plays And Performs Them At Their Schools And Other Community Venues. Photos Courtesy Sharon O'Brien/Stories That Soar!

As part of a partnership between the Pima County Public Library and Tucson Unified School District, the organizations are co-hosting a fun evening on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wakefield Family Resource Center to help students and parents get on track to boost academic achievement.

The event will include a Stories That Soar! performance, library card signups, a Bookmobile and school, library and community partner information. The Library and Tucson Unified created a partnership in response to President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Library Challenge. The goal is to strengthen student learning. The Library and TUSD has successfully focused on four areas to put information and educational resources in the hands of more students. They are:

Tucson Unified, Pima County Public Library team up for fun event StoriesThatSoarStageInside

Stories that Soar! turns stories written by children into plays and performs them at their schools and other community venues. Photos courtesy Sharon O’Brien/Stories That Soar!

Training school staff: The library trained TUSD student services specialists on using the Library’s free online resources, which focus on homework help, test prep tools for the AP, PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams, college and career exploration resources, reading comprehension, and basic skills building

Educating parents: Library staff attend TUSD’s parent quarterly meetings to share information about the variety of library resources students can access online and in person.

Getting library cards to students: TUSD distributed over 32,000 library card applications to elementary and K-8 schools in September. To date, more than 3,500 library card applications have been returned.

Inviting kids to create and share stories: More than 400 students who work with TUSD’s student services specialists had the opportunity to write and contribute stories about their dream library and the exciting things that can happen with their new library card.

“The Library is a key partner in education,” said Melinda Cervantes, Executive Director of the Pima County Public Library. “This pilot program has the potential to provide even more students and parents access to free learning resources and opportunities that can change their lives.”

Dr. Adrian Vega, TUSD deputy superintendent, is also enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are super excited about this event, as TUSD is always looking for ways to strengthen it’s relationships with its students, families, and community partners,” Dr. Vega said. “What better way to accomplish this, than by providing a community experience centered around stories.”

Tucson Unified, Pima County Public Library team up for fun event StoriesThatSoarPerformersStudents

A Stories that Soar! actor talks with children after a performance. Photo courtesy Sharon O’Brien/Stories That Soar!

Tucson Unified School District is Southern Arizona’s largest district, educating more than 50,000 students. TUSD offers extensive learning opportunities for children, including Advanced Placement, GATE and International Baccalaureate, free full-day kindergarten, a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), studies in seven world languages, fine arts, before and after school programs, and more.

TUSD has proudly served Tucson families since 1867.

For more information, please contact Stefanie Boe, director of communications for Tucson Unified School District at Stefanie.Boe@tusd1.org or (520) 225-6101.