VOICES OF AFTERSCHOOL: A countdown to Arizona’s Centennial

"Brooklyn" - a self-portrait from the Faces of Afterschool Project.

By Sierra M.

I am proud to live in Arizona because it has been a successful state since 1912, when it first became a part of the United States of America. Seeing pictures of our state 100 years ago gives us joy to see Arizona being built from the bottom to the top.

The state of Arizona has gone through marvelous changes and experienced huge growth in its population. I am also proud to live in Arizona because the education here is excellent and the teachers are all nice. We face new challenges every day (but nothing too hard!). They let us work at our own pace and walk us through any problems or subjects that we are struggling with. I am proud to live in Arizona because it is wonderful.

Sierra is a fourth  grader in the Mascot Prospector Club, an afterschool program at Mercury Mine Elementary School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, Phoenix. Art provided by the Faces of Afterschool Project.

Learn more about our Centennial countdown, featuring essays assembled for an Arizona Centennial Writing Project by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.

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