Club News for Altrusa International of the West Valley
ABOUT OUR CLUB: The club was chartered in May, 1978. It serves residents in all West Valley communities in the Phoenix area. In 2015, we initiated the formation of ReadOn Arizona Greater Surprise . Numerous community partners have signed on to form the coalition, including two school districts, First Things First, and other service providers in the community. The gorup provides educational opportunities to children ages 0-8 and their parents. The goal is to have as many children as possible reading at grade level by the time they leave the third grade, a critical age in the educational development of a child. This is a very exciting project for us and we are proud to be the "founders."
Other West Valley service projects include: Covering the cost for H.S.E. (High School Equivalence) testing for students completing the program at the Rio Salado Community College in Surprise. In collaboration with Rio Salado, we host a reception for the students and their family members. Thanks to our partnership with Friends of the Surprise Libraries, we have received 5 grants in the last 6 years to provide reimbursement to the students for the H.S.e. test and give each recipient a certificate during a special ceremony in May each year.