Navajo School

Dear Friends…

 

As a member of Scottsdale City government we care about all our citizens – even our youngest, still attending local schools.  That’s why I’m sharing this story…

 

In the early morning hours last Wednesday, a fire was discovered in a storage room at Navajo Elementary School on Granite Reef and Camelback Roads.  An alarm was sounded, fire crews arrived, and the fire was quickly contained.  But that’s not the end of the story…

The storage room contents were a total loss and smoke/water damage spread to nearby classrooms rendering the entire facility unusable for the foreseeable future.

Storage room supplies.

Smoke is pumped from classrooms before boarding up with plywood.

Students and faculty have been temporarily relocated to the Oak Learning Academy, about three miles away.

Navajo Elementary School opened in 1960 and has been a staple of our community ever since.  Today Navajo is a Title 1 school, meaning it participates in

a federal program that provides funds to schools serving high numbers of economically disadvantaged children.  The Navajo student enrollment of over 400 includes 40% who receive free or reduced cost lunch under the Title 1 program.

The goal of the Title 1 program is to ensure that high-risk students meet at least the minimum proficiency on state academic standards and assessments, and that they have a fair opportunity to earn a high-quality education.  Now, these high-risk students are challenged for another reason!

 

The Navajo school community of students and teachers are all starting from scratch.  They are in desperate need of materials, books and supplies so the students can continue their school year with minimal disruption.  The Navajo PTO has set a goal to raise $50,000.  I urge you to visit their website, “We Are Navajo” and make a contribution.