Featured on the February 2nd, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
- After the death of her father in 2015, dancer & choreographer Yvonne Montoya began developing a dance event called “Stories from Home”. It premieres next week in Green Valley, performed by The Safos Dance Theatre. Mark talks with Yvonne about the project’s complex personal themes.
- If you have any citrus fruit trees in your yard, a local non-profit wants to hear from you. This group helps United Nations refugees build new lives in Tucson, while providing local, healthy food to a growing number of residents. Tony Paniagua has an interview with Iskashitaa founder Dr. Barbara Eiswerth and some special volunteers.
- Eri is a young man who emigrated from The Republic of the Congo seven years ago, and is now a member of “Owl and Panther” in Tucson. He reads an essay he wrote about what peace means to him, and lessons from his childhood that helped to form his social conscience.
- The Tucson non-profit Literacy Connects sponsers a group of performers and musicians called “Stories That Soar!”. They help young writers realize the power and potential of bringing their stories to life, for the stage, video, and radio. We are now presenting these stories on the first Thursday of every month here on Arizona Spotlight. Next, we’ll hear some wisdom shared by Felicity, a 5th grader at Drexel Elementary in the Sunnyside School District. It is called The Peaceful Place” , narrated by Angela, a middle schooler from the Youth Center Program at Literacy Connects. Aspiring student-age writers can submit their stories to The Magic Box Story Portal now!
The Peaceful Place
If you have ever wished that you could just get away from all of the trouble around you and be in a peaceful place there is only one way to do so.
If you want to be in a peaceful place, just help other people be in theirs because if you help everyone get to their peaceful place there will be no trouble around you.
And if you ask, “How can I help everyone?” Well, you don’t. You only help the ones that are willing to be helped. Some people just don’t want to be helped but that’s okay. Some people will just help themselves. Just try to be a friend and encourage them.
Always be kind to someone in need.
- by Felicity, a 5th grader at Drexel Elementary in Tucson
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