As teachers' #RedforEd walkout heats up with a planned walk out for better pay and school funding, many schools will be shutting their door.
Below are some resources that are available to parents who are looking for options for their children, aside from taking them to work.
Make sure to call ahead to register your children!
Animal Adventure Day Camp
Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center is offering full-day camp programming for kindergarten through 5th-grade students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday for the duration of the teacher walkout. Early drop off is available starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up available until 6 p.m. for $15/day per child.
UPDATE: Call to inquire about registration for this week.
Free educator opportunities are also available to Arizona teachers Monday through Friday during the walkout. These two-hour training sessions have a maximum capacity of 30 teachers each and will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
BEST (Beginners Edge Sports Training).
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
Challenger Space Center
This drop-in daycare facility in Peoria and north Phoenix is open days, nights and weekends and charges
Five hundred food distribution centers will open their doors to any students or families who need a meal during a planned teacher walk-out.
Christ’s Church of the Valley donated to St. Mary's Food Bank ahead of the walkout. Food will be distributed through St. Mary's existing centers.
“With over 500 distribution centers throughout the state, there's not one student who won’t be served,” Rosenbaum said.
The food banks will offer meals to families as long as the the walkout continues.
- St. Mary’s currently distributes more than 7,000 after-school meals daily to at-risk kids at more than 150 sites around the state. More than 100 of those sites are not located on school properties and will not be affected.
- For families who do not participate in normal feeding program and are looking to emergency food for their children, please visit the list of St. Mary’s agency partner sites at firstfoodbank.org/get-help to find the nearest agency location to obtain an emergency food box – a 2-3 day supply of non-perishable food for families that includes canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, pasta, beans and other items. Families should bring identification and a proof of address with them.
- In addition both St. Mary’s locations in Phoenix (3131 West Thomas Road) and Surprise (13050 West Elm Street) will provide grab-and-go children’s meals from 9 am to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families can also obtain an emergency food box at both locations in addition to the children’s meals.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce, they will be offering FREE CHILD admission both Thursday 4/26 & Friday 4/27, to support students in the #RedForEd school closings. Wildlife World will admit 1 school age child for free with every adult admission. Offer not valid with any other discounts or discounted group prices.
For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com.