RSSPoverty Columns

Columns from the Arizona Daily Star's Losing Ground series

Guest Column: Got some extra time? Use it to read to a child - and change a life

Have you ever positively changed the trajectory of a person's life? Literacy Connects' volunteers serving as Reading Seed coaches have.

August 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Steller: Working-class males are key to solving Tucson's poverty problem

Steller: Working-class males are key to solving Tucson's poverty problem

Three months after getting out of prison, Rene Varelas is trying to do the right thing.

August 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Students need your help to improve reading skills

Students need your help to improve reading skills

Poverty and education are linked. Education is a way out of poverty, but being poor makes that path more difficult to take.

August 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

What it takes to rescue a heavy heart from the abyss of poverty

I’ve never been poor. I’ve been broke, but I never felt trapped like some of the Southern Arizonans profiled in our poverty series.

August 09, 2013 10:23 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: How one Tucson school seeks to close the poverty gap

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: How one Tucson school seeks to close the poverty gap

This is the thing about public schools. They exist to educate kids. But that's tilting at windmills if other basic problems - food, shelter, c…

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Legislators need to walk in these shoes

I have this fantasy: Every elected official in Arizona, particularly those in the Legislature, spends two weeks straight as a substitute teach…

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Gassen: Heartbreak and hope at Walter Douglas Elementary in Tucson

Sarah Gassen: Heartbreak and hope at Walter Douglas Elementary in Tucson

Roots reach deep at Walter Douglas Elementary School.

July 21, 2013 12:02 amLoading…

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