What a gorgeous Southern Arizona day!! It began with much wind that became a deluge of rain, followed by a blue sky and sunshine in the mid and late afternoon! This was the gorgeous day on which we celebrated – with Mansfeld Middle School – Arizona’s Centennial. With 200 middle school students, their teachers and school staff and with guests of Citizenship Counts all gathered in the school cafeteria/auditorium, the school chorus sweetly sang the National Anthem.  

Paul Eckstein spoke about Arizona’s early history, about seven immigrants who were delegates to the Arizona Constitutional Convention in 1910 and about the opportunities American citizens, including our young people, continue to have in this country.  Gerda Weissman Klein spoke about her life and her love for America.  John Eckstein talked with the students about their rare opportunity to hear Gerda speak and what an inspiration she can be for their lives.  He said that Gerda is a hero because of what she has done with her life.  The students, who had been carefully prepared by their social studies teachers, listened quietly and applauded and cheered for the adult speakers and for their peers, who read their essays and poetry about Arizona and about being good citizens now and in the future.   It was a wonderful and inspiring afternoon, and we are very grateful to the principal, teachers and staff at Mansfeld Middle School for collaborating with us.

Tucson Sunset

Happy Birthday, Arizona!  Your future is in the hands of our young people who we must educate to understand that we are a nation of immigrants and that we all have a responsibility to be good citizens, appreciate our freedoms and opportunities and help each other by doing good works in our communities.                    

5 Comments for this entry

  • Tamara Hogsett
    February 23rd, 2012

    You are touching the lives of so many! Love the Arizona sunsets. Thank you for spreading the GOOD NEWS about our great country and what a blessing it is to be a citizen.

  • Nancy Haas
    February 18th, 2012

    Your journey across the country is going to offer such wonderful learning opportunities for the students and teachers you encounter. Thank you for all that you are doing. All the best, Nancy

  • Shelby Yastrow
    February 18th, 2012

    We are following your adventure closely and with admiration. Good luck to all five of you. By the way, John, I’m coming down with a cold — I suppose a house call is out of the question!


  • paul oreffice
    February 16th, 2012

    John, it sounds like the first two weeks went well. we will continue to follow you. Good luck,Paul

  • allen goode
    February 15th, 2012

    Sharon told me about your journey today…
    we will keep up with you.
    Wish you the best.

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