Kindness from Local Business Provides Additional Grant Funds for Humboldt Unified Classrooms

#GivingTuesday plus the Movement Studio in Prescott Valley equals a check to Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) classrooms for almost $3000.

Movement Studio is located at 6425 E. 2nd Street right down from Antelope Lanes. The dance/fitness/karate studio is very family friendly and offers a variety of classes for  people both young and young at heart. Classes vary from ballet to ballroom, Bootcamp to yoga, as well as instruction in A.K.K.A. karate.  Owner Sasha Naasz wanted to organize a virtual run to keep the members at her studio motivated to continue moving and working towards a goal while giving back during the month of November. Virtual runs are becoming more popular during COVID-19 while people chose to stay healthy while social distancing.  Naasz said, “I wanted to do something to benefit the community and when I woke up the day after election it was an epiphany – I have so many friends that are teachers, or work in the district to some capacity and their fight was quite honorable during the YES for Humboldt campaign.”

On November 30, 2020, the owners of the Movement Studio and Humboldt Education Foundation (HEF) board members gathered for a photo op in front of an oversized check in the amount of $2,921. Jim Clemens, President of HEF said, “When Movement Studio reached out to us with the idea of fundraising for classrooms by challenging their members to continue moving and working towards their goal, even virtually, our board was overjoyed.”

Through the month of November some 51 participants took part in the “Summit for HUSD.”  This overwhelming support by members at the studio was not bad for the inaugural year! “The “Summit” is a metaphor, although many participants hiked Glassford Summit for their miles. I believe in life we all have summits we aim to achieve, and I love the symbolism of that idea,” added Naasz.

HEF is always looking for donations to help fund more grants each quarter. For more information, go to www.humboldteducationfoundation.org and donate on the front page or go to the Teacher of the Year tab and become a sponsor.

In addition to classroom grants, HEF recognizes student and teachers at the annual Teacher of the Year event scheduled for March 24, 2020.  Other Foundation projects include the Carm Staker Scholarship Award for graduating BMHS seniors, a Student Orchestra Project, and the Hungry Kids Project (HKP).  The HKP project serves the children of HUSD by providing weekend meals bags every Friday. District staff refer students for the program.  It provides food for those who may not have access to adequate weekend meals.  Over 180 students receive food on weekends, during the school year.

The Humboldt Education Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and an approved State of Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Tax Credit program.  For more information, contact Jim Clemens at 928.499.2288 or check out the HEF website at www.humboldteducationfoundation.org

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