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Linette Caroselli

Linette Y. Caroselli of Maricopa has been recognized as a RunJumpThrow Outstanding Organizer for exemplary volunteer work to encourage local youth to embrace the importance and fun of physical wellness, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced Tuesday.

A collaboration between USATF and The Hershey Company, RunJumpThrow (RJT) is a hands-on program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. It provides children ages 7-12 a fun chance to learn and practice these skills, which are the foundations of track and field nearly every other sport.

As a grade-school teacher and active alumni member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Caroselli saw a space in her community where RunJumpThrow could flourish.  She organized two events in March 2017, reaching over 1,100 students at Maricopa Elementary School and Santa Cruz Elementary as part of the Youth Symposium by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.  In addition to the traditional RunJumpThrow program, Caroselli incorporated several professional development opportunities for students from visiting local high schools, including workshops on college, health, careers and even martial arts.

“It was a pleasure to serve the students of Maricopa and introduce this wonderful program to our youth,” Caroselli said. “The smiles and laughter were worth the many hours of organizing and planning. The kids had a phenomenal time and look forward to it every year.”

To learn more and to bring RJT to your community, visit runjumpthrow.usatf.org.

Members of the MES staff being honored by Sigma Gamma Rho are Jennifer Robinson, Tasha Carpenter and Priscilla Behnke.

The ladies of the Kappa Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will host a Women’s Day Scholarship Brunch – “Dedicated to Service, Committed to Progress.” Seven women in Arizona, including four from Maricopa, will be honored for their service.

In addition, the chapter is raising money for book scholarships. The goal is to demonstrate that when we work together, we create a strong “community village” positioned to support our young people. All district staff is invited to attend.

This community service event will be May 7 at Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, 7325 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kappa Eta Sigma Chapter is honoring the following Maricopa Elementary School (MES) staff members: Dr. Jennifer Robinson, MES principal, Tasha Carpenter, MES teacher on special assignment, and Priscilla Behnke, program director of the Maricopa Ak-Chin Community Alliance Against Substance Abuse. Her organization offers services to Maricopa Unified School District students at Saddleback, Santa Rosa and Butterfield Elementary Schools.

Also being honored from Maricopa is Pastor Yolanda Ewing of United International Fellowship Ministries.

Other Arizona women being honored include state Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, Dr. Vanessa Power Anderson, Western Regional Director of Sigma Gamma Rho, and Charlene Tarver, Esq. of the Tarver Law Group.

If you are interested in attending the event, contact Linette Y. Caroselli at scottsdalesgrho@gmail.com.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the Virgin Islands. Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Teenagers gathered at Copper Sky for the first Youth Town Hall on March 3. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Youth were empowered at separate events in Maricopa on March 3.

The city of Maricopa’s Youth Council hosted its first Youth Town Hall to allow teens to express themselves about issues that impact their lives. Meanwhile, a sorority was at Maricopa Elementary introducing RunJumpThrow.

In a segment on academic pressure, students attending the Youth Town Hall at Copper Sky spoke about self-doubt after moving to Maricopa and self-improvement after losing their way academically or socially in a new environment.

“Every time I would turn in my report card to my parents, I could just see the disappointment on their faces, and that really affected me,” one student said. “I know that they love me, but I would think at the time that they didn’t because they were so disappointed.”

Some credited their friends and school counselors with helping them get on track while others said they realized the people they were hanging out with were dragging them down. Others spoke about overcoming overloaded schedules.

Led by members of the Youth Council, they discussed the cause and effects of stress. Councilmembers directed the conversation toward resources for help.

While the Youth Town Hall proved to be a safe space for teens to openly discuss personal issues, over at Maricopa Elementary, younger children were learning leadership and self-worth in a very physical way. The Kappa Eta Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. hosted its Youth Symposium, “Building Partnerships to Support Our Youth.” It was a community service event with the Be Awesome Youth Coalition.

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The event was planned to introduce the RunJumpThrow program, the sorority’s new partnership with USA Track & Field sponsored by the Hershey Company. City Councilman Bridger Kimball and former Denver Bronco Drew Anderson were special guests. RunJumpThrow is a hands-on learning program to get youths excited about physical activity by introducing them to the basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field.

“Statistics show that almost one in four children is suffering from childhood obesity, so we know that our children need more opportunities to exercise,” said Bonita M. Herring, international president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. “It is important to work with community partners to develop young people in all facets of their lives, educationally, socially and emotionally.”
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The day also included interactive workshops on healthy living as part of Project Reassurance.

Desert Wind Middle School Principal June Celaya, flanked by City Councilmember Peggy Chapdos (left) and Maricopa High School Principal Renita Myers, tells the students at the Youth Town Hall she is proud of them.
Desert Wind Middle School Principal June Celaya, flanked by City Councilmember Peggy Chapdos (left) and Maricopa High School Principal Renita Myers, tells the students at the Youth Town Hall she is proud of them.

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Members of the MES staff being honored by Sigma Gamma Rho are Jennifer Robinson, Tasha Carpenter and Priscilla Behnke.

The ladies of the Kappa Eta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will host a Women’s Day Scholarship Brunch – “Dedicated to Service, Committed to Progress.” Seven women in Arizona, including four from Maricopa, will be honored for their service.

In addition, the chapter is raising money for book scholarships. The goal is to demonstrate that when we work together, we create a strong “community village” positioned to support our young people. All district staff is invited to attend.

This community service event will be May 7 at Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, 7325 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kappa Eta Sigma Chapter is honoring the following Maricopa Elementary School (MES) staff members: Dr. Jennifer Robinson, MES principal, Tasha Carpenter, MES teacher on special assignment, and Priscilla Behnke, program director of the Maricopa Ak-Chin Community Alliance Against Substance Abuse. Her organization offers services to Maricopa Unified School District students at Saddleback, Santa Rosa and Butterfield Elementary Schools.

Also being honored from Maricopa is Pastor Yolanda Ewing of United International Fellowship Ministries.

Other Arizona women being honored include state Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, Dr. Vanessa Power Anderson, Western Regional Director of Sigma Gamma Rho, and Charlene Tarver, Esq. of the Tarver Law Group.

If you are interested in attending the event, contact Linette Y. Caroselli at scottsdalesgrho@gmail.com.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the Virgin Islands. Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.