The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Education Department held its seventh annual Education Fair on March 9. A total of 259 people attended. The purpose of the Education Fair is to disseminate information to Community members about the many education programs and opportunities available to them.
Representatives from more than 35 education facilities, from the SRPMIC Early Childhood Education Center to Arizona’s universities, were on hand to encourage Community members to complete their high school education and move on to community college, a trade school or university. The school representatives provided helpful advice, printed information and feedback.
The fair’s special guest speaker was Phoenix Suns forward Earl Clark. Clark spoke about how his mother has been his inspiration, because she worked hard for their family. That has inspired him to achieve success.
Clark encouraged the youth in attendance to stay in school. “When times get rough, just keep going and believe in yourself, and you can do anything and go anywhere in life,” Clark said.
There also was a special performance from the Bird Singing and Dancing by the River dance group, plus raffle prize giveaways of Phoenix Suns tickets, Rounds of golf and dinner at Talking Stick just to name a few, which were donated from Community enterprises and a grand-prize drawing for a $500 Target gift card.