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Charter School Founder Awarded Global Business Award

Arizona Charter Schools announced that its founder, Raena Janes, was honored with the bronze Stevie Award for Women in Business, for female Entrepreneur of the Year in consumer services for businesses with up to 2,500 employees. The award was announced Nov. 8 in New York City.

Established in 2002, the Stevie Awards mark achievement throughout the world of business. The Women in Business Awards are the world’s premier awards for women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. Like the Olympics, the awards given are gold, silver and bronze.

The bronze Stevie is the latest award for Janes, 40, who is founder and director of seven Arizona charter schools: La Paloma Academy, with three Tucson campuses; Heritage Elementary School in Glendale and Williams; and Liberty Traditional Charter School in Phoenix and Douglas.

The award recognizes Janes as an entrepreneur, managing seven schools in five cities, maintaining three charters amid a high failure rate for charter schools in the state, and mentoring staff for consistent culture and quality amid fast expansion.

An active advocate for Arizona education for more than a decade, Janes’ schools balance an academic foundation with programs such as sports, arts and music that are increasingly affected by public school budget cuts. The character-based curriculum ensures that students at Janes’ schools learn the importance of character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Proactive, long-term bullying prevention programs were introduced in some of the schools this year.

Each of Janes’ charter schools also incorporates community service.  An active member in several non-profit community organizations, such as Angel Charity for Children, Junior League of Tucson, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and the Advisory Council for the Arizona Charter School Association, Janes is a strong believer in bringing community service projects to Arizona’s youths.

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Kids with a View! Grand Canyon Railway Welcomes Families

For the first time ever this summer, the Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) welcomes children ages two to 15 years old to its Observation Dome-class cars. In addition, the GCR  debuts a sixth class of service in Pullman cars for an affordable $59 for adults and $29 for children round-trip.

From the day’s start to finish, guests will be captivated with the splendor of the passing landscapes of the Colorado Plateau and wildlife during a 65-mile journey to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  Prior to boarding the train, an interactive Wild West show gives guests a taste of history and sets the stage for entertainment throughout the trip, which includes strolling musicians and knowledgeable train attendants.  Children aboard the train will also enjoy coloring books and puzzles throughout the ride.

106459071Guests may choose from six classes of service, from vintage 1920s Pullman class to varying levels of Coach, Observation Dome to Luxury Parlor.  The Pullman class is the newest class of cars to be offered to guests of the Grand Canyon Railway. Fares are an affordable $59 for adults and $29 for children ages 15 and younger.   On the first Saturday of each month through September, guests may experience the Grand Canyon Railway by a steam engine, which runs on recycled waste vegetable oil and offers all six classes of service.  A special steam run on September 21 is also available to honor the train’s 112th birthday.

Observation Dome-class service allows passengers to ride in a 1950s era glass-enclosed streamliner with sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in the comfort of padded high-back chairs while enjoying light refreshments, snacks and a sparkling wine toast on the return trip. Should riders wish to experience a different class of service while riding the Grand Canyon Railway, upgrades are also available for one direction of travel.  Upgrading to a different service must be scheduled prior to boarding the train.

Trains depart daily at 9:30 a.m. from the Railway’s historic 1908 depot in Williams, Arizona and return at 3:30 p.m. with a three-and-a-half-hour period to explore South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Overnight packages and in-park tours are also available featuring Maswik Lodge accommodations. From now through October fares for the Observation Dome-class round-trip rides are offered at $170 for adults and $140 for children ages 2 to 15 years old.  These fares also apply to the steam locomotive excursions on the first Saturday.

Northern AZ Weekend Trips - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Northern AZ Weekend Trips (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Northern AZ Weekend Trips — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Williams

200 W. Railroad Ave.,
Williams, AZ 86046
(800) 863-0546
experiencewilliams.com
Dubbed the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” the picturesque town of Williams sits at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, and it’s just a mere 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Here, you can hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railway; stroll its main street, Route 66; or, visit Bearizona, where you can watch bears up-close.


Page

P.O. Box 1507,
Page, AZ 86040
(888) 261-PAGE (7243)
visitpagearizona.com
Page is your destination for hiking, biking, boating and off-road adventure. Have you heard of Horseshoe Bend, the horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River? That’s in Page. How about the the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, Antelope Canyon? That’s here, too. Page is your “Frontier of Adventure.”


Flagstaff

One E. Route 66,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(800) 842-7293
flagstaffarizona.org
Welcome to high mountain country, where you can take part in skiing in the winter, watch the flowers bloom in the spring, play rounds of golf in the summer and witness the fall foliage. Breathe in the clean, mountain air as you hike the San Francisco Peaks; or, just a drive away, visit the Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument or Meteor Crater.


Kayenta

Navajo Indian Reservation,
Kayenta, AZ 86033
Just 20 miles south of the Utah border on US 163 is Kayenta, located on the Navajo Reservation. Kayenta is considered the gateway to one of the world’s most photographed landscapes, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, just 30 miles north of the town.


Sedona

331 Forest Rd.,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(800) 288-7336
visitsedona.com
The spectacular Oak Creek Canyon. The magnificent red rocks. Vortexes. There is virtually no end to Sedona’s attraction. Hike or bike the red rock trails, including the popular Cathedral Rock; spend a night or two in one of its award-winning resorts and spas, including Enchantment Resort; or come for the weekend for one of the town’s many festivals and events, such as its Yoga Festival. The possibilities are endless.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012