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PCC’s AmeriCorps to Honor César Chávez

March 27, 2014

Tucson, AZ –Pima Community College’s Adult Education AmeriCorps program is inviting the public to participate in the national César Chávez Day of Service honoring the life and legacy of native Arizonan and civil rights activist César Chávez.

On March 29, PCC AmeriCorps members and volunteers will kick-off the celebration by participating in the 14th Annual César Chávez Holiday Coalition March.  The 9 a.m. march begins at Pueblo Magnet High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave, and ends at Rudy Garcia Park, 5001 S. Nogales Highway, with music and speakers. 

Celebrants also are welcomed to go to the El Pueblo Liberty Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, Building 7, from noon to 2 p.m., to learn about Chávez’ life and legacy.  A short documentary film, “The Life of César Chávez,” will be shown, raffle tickets to the movie, “César Chávez:  History Is Made One Step at a Time,” storytelling’s and book readings about Chávez, and other fun activities will be offered.

“César Chávez and his work hold great meaning to us,” said MaryAnn Phininzy, PCC’s AmeriCorps Program coordinator.  “A lot of what he stood for anchored on the fundamental idea that as a community we need to help others and be of service to our neighbors.”

Since 1994, more than 800,000 people have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America.”  The members have served, mobilized and managed an additional 3.4 million community volunteers for a total of one billion hours of service.  Across our nation members make a difference through serving in the areas of education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, economic opportunities, and supporting veterans and military families.

  • When:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 29, 2014
  • Where: Activities begin at Pueblo Magnet High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave., and end at the El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, Building 7
  • Cost:    Free and open to the public

Arizona’s Adult Education programs are ranked No. 2 by the U.S. Department of Education.  PCC’S Adult Education program is the second largest program in the state, serving one in three adult education students in Arizona.  Each year, PCC Adult Education helps more than 6,000 adult students improve basic literacy and math skills, learn English, prepare to earn a high school equivalency and get ready for community college or vocational training.  Learn more about Pima’s Adult Education programs and services on the PCC Adult Education webpage and Facebook.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850