In 2018, U.S. News and World Report ranked Arizona #48 for K-12 education, #45 for high school graduation rate, and #48 for college readiness. Veterans Heritage Project addresses this issue by enhancing patriotism and civic education, to strengthen families and community relationships.
Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) facilitates an after-school program that strives to develop character and civic responsibility in students by providing experiential learning programs that honor veterans and preserve their legacy. Thunderbirds Charities has awarded $10,000 towards their Connect Students with VeteransTM program.
The innovative program provides an enriching educational experience by connecting students with U.S. military veterans in a nationally renowned oral history and publication program. Thousands of veterans’ stories have been archived in the Library of Congress, personal accounts of war and history that would have otherwise faded away. The year-round program culminates each spring with a free community reception to honor veteran participants and celebrate student achievement.
“In addition to honoring veterans and preserving their stories of service, the goals of our program are to enrich civic and history education and help students reach their potential through character development, leadership skill building, and academic skill strengthening,” said Michelle DiMuro, Executive Director. “We are so thankful to Thunderbirds Charities for partnering in this effort.”
This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.