VHP Works with Students to Thank Veterans

Barbara Hatch of the VHP, speaks to the community about the importance of conencting generations.










PHOENIX, Arizona – One of the benefits of the military way of life is that service members come in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life. The uniqueness of the military is its diversity and inclusiveness. Service members, both past and present are known for their character. The Veteran’s Heritage Project focuses on connecting school children with military veterans in their communities through programs that develop appreciation for America. Veterans Heritage Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to connecting students with veterans in order to record and preserve the stories of their service to our nation in the Veterans History Project of the US Library of Congress for future generations. The program, though, is more than a history preservation project. VHP offers students an opportunity to learn history from primary sources and skills in communication, writing, technology, and project management. It enables them to achieve a new sense of purpose, whether in their daily school activities, pursuit of higher education, or choices in careers. Their program exudes such character attributes as citizenship, generosity, gratefulness, orderliness, and respect. To learn more about the Veteran’s Heritage Project, go to www.veteransheritage.org or visit the organization’s Facebook page.


Stuntmasters Uses BMX To Teach Character

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If you ask John Parker, he might tell you that every problem in the world can be solved with a bike. However, he may be on to something when it comes to teaching kids about character. John Parker’s Stuntmasters and their BMX Impact Action Sports Motivational Assembly uses action sports and its appeal to children to teach kids about varying topics, to include everything from character development to bike safety and maintenance. The Arizona Department of Education Character Education department recently had the pleasure of seeing Stuntmasters in action at Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley. John, along with Jonny Harnisch, performed for 45 minutes to a student body of about 250 students, who were engaged the entire time as John and Jonny taught them about character traits like caring, citizenship, and respect. This is truly a program that is on a “roll.” For more information about Stuntmasters, contact John Parker at (480) BMX-RAMP (269-7267) or e-mail at BMXImpact@gmail.com. You can also visit their website at www.bmximpact.com.

Character Education Exhibits at the AALD Symposium




PHOENIX, Arizona – The Arizona Department of Education Character Education Team was able to set up at the 2014 African American Symposium on Living with Disabilities, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Desert Willow Conference Center. Deputy Associate Superintendent Dr. Ann Hart was a featured speaker. Along with Dr. Tracy Williams, they spoke about why third graders were failing and what we could do to reverse those negative trends. Additionally, Program Specialist Michael Elliott and Administrative Assistant JoAnne McCoy were able to set up a table during break sessions. This allowed them to spread awareness of character education.


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