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Jul 9, 2019

NAAF Helps GuVo Kids Beat the Heat!

One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat

Dear Friends,

It's summertime in GuVo, and that means it's hot! Not just a little hot, REALLY hot. Temperatures have already reached over 110 degrees, and it's regularly over 100 this time of year. Though we are used to the heat, it's not much fun for kids to play in heat like that, and it can be very dangerous. Dehydration and heat stroke can be life-threatening, not to mention the snakes, scorpions, gila monsters, and other beautiful but dangerous creatures that we share the beautiful Sonoran Desert with. 

Luckily, NAAF has a solution! It's time again for our Summer Adventure Program! This will be our 8th year running the program, and we are proud to report that we have full enrollment at 45 students this year. This year, as in previous years, the goal of the GuVo Summer Adventure is to promote education, build our youths’ self-esteem, spark curiosity, and shape strong, healthy, contributing members of society. The program focuses on teaching reading, math, technology, and health education. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history. This year we are very excited to be starting a new O'odham Language Program during the Summer Adventure Program, which will be run by certified O'odham instructors.

Enrolled students will continue to be academically challenged during the summer months, in addition to having fun cooling off in the pool, taking fun and educational field trips, eating free, healthy and delicious meals each day, and playing games and sports. This program is so important to the kids and parents of the GuVo District. Summer is a difficult time, with the heat, and no school. Keeping kids active and engaged isn't easy. Thanks to your help, NAAF is able to provide the vital resources that this wonderful community needs. Thank you so much from all of us at NAAF. We truly appreciate all that you do!

With gratitude,

Jeremy Paxton

Shade is a desert dweller
Shade is a desert dweller's best friend!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
Toka! A traditional Tohono O
Toka! A traditional Tohono O'odham game

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Jun 19, 2019

Another Great Year for the GuVo ASP!

8th Grade Promotees
8th Grade Promotees

It's truly been an amazing year for our GuVo Academic After-School Program! We have more enrolled students than ever, and we see positive changes in the community daily. We are so grateful to you, our donors, for all that you do. I'd like to share a note from NAAF's Board President Susan Warmack, as well as some successes from this year:

Hello, and welcome to our June Newsletter!

This is the time of year we celebrate the many students who have successfully completed another school year. We are thrilled to congratulate the 27 (5 from GuVo District) 8th-grade promotees and 89 (7 from GuVo District) high school graduates!  

We are also incredibly proud of our 8 online students and 7 GED students who are succeeding in their individualized programs.

As this school year comes to a close, I would like to salute our many volunteers who served in our programs.  

Finally, I thank YOU, our donors, whose continued support enables our rural community members to thrive academically, emotionally, culturally, and physically!

Sincerely,
Susan Warmack, President of the Board

 

2018/2019 School Year Highlights 

  • After-School Programs in 3 villages serving 62 children
  • 1,456 healthy meals served
  • 1,584 healthy snacks served
  • 2 paid interns
  • 18 volunteers
  • 12 drug and alcohol-free events hosted
  • 4,298 miles driven to pick up food
  • 10 Fun Runs co-hosted with HOPP
  • 28 days of O'odham language instruction
  • 1 Suicide Prevention Workshop
  • 2 field trips

Thank you so much for your continued support! We are grateful for all you do.

One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
Hanging Out at The Store
Hanging Out at The Store
Himdag is Life!
Himdag is Life!
Susan with Students from GuVo
Susan with Students from GuVo
Apr 5, 2019

Summer Fun on the Horizon!

River mentors the young students in our programs
River mentors the young students in our programs

Dear Friends,

Summer is just around the corner! Temperatures are already reaching into the 90s on the Tohono O'odham Nation, and NAAF is getting ready for our yearly Summer Adventure Program. As it is every year, the goal of the GuVo Summer Adventure is to promote education, build our youths’ self-esteem, spark curiosity, and shape strong, healthy, contributing members of society. The program focuses on teaching reading, math, technology, and health education. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history.

This year the program will again be held at the Al Jek Recreation Center in Menagers Dam, GuVo District. We anticipate at least 30 participants this year, and we have lots of fun and educational activities planned, including field trips to the Tucson Wildlife Center, Biosphere 2, and other fun and educational places. 

It is because of our amazing donors and volunteers that we can provide this much-needed and valuable service to the underserved children in GuVo. We are so grateful for all the generous donations, and because of your help, we have continued to grow and thrive, and are about to celebrate 8 successful years of the Summer Adventure Program. 100% of your donation goes to running the program, either supplying food for snacks and meals, fuel for transportation, or program supplies and curriculum. Our program is not fully funded this year, and help is needed! Thank you once again for your continued support. We look forward to sharing photos and stories from this years program, which will begin in June and runs for 6 weeks.

Thank you so much!
Jeremy Paxton
Director of Development
Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF)

We are so proud of our Interns!
We are so proud of our Interns!
GuVo Royalty!
GuVo Royalty!
 
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