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February 2023

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful February! Though celebrating Love of Reading and Black History, this was a busy and wonderful month for me and my D5 team! Hope you enjoy checking out what we were up to this chilly February. Stay up to date on all information about the flu and COVID by visiting the Health Department's website where you can look for your most convenient vaccine locations and more. As always, reach out to our office at if you need any assistance with County services, or just want to say hi!



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It was a privilege to visit 32 Elementary Schools and read to nearly 1800 students in our D5 schools. I will be visiting every D5 elementary by the end of March! In addition to introducing new books, I was able to share our D5 coloring book with every student.  February may be coming to a close, but love of reading is always in season.

Read on, friends!

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Photo courtesy of Sunnyside High School

Hakima Abdulkabir, Senior at Sunnyside High School, Student Body President, member of the basketball team, was accepted to Howard University. 

Congratulations, Hakima! 

Mohamed Fayisa is a Senior at Tucson High Magnet School and a Student Council Ambassador. He is enrolled in AP Computer Science Class, is treasurer of the Coding Club, and wants to go into Cyber Security. Congratulations Mohamed!




The African American Museum of Southern Arizona opened its doors on January 14, 2023. They are committed to "gathering and sharing stories, images, and artifacts as we document, digitize, and preserve African American and Black life, culture, and history in Southern Arizona to benefit the community."

Check them out at the University of Arizona Student Union Room 244. Park in the 2nd Street Garage.

Photo courtesy of the AZ Daily Star.

Desiree Cook founded the local nonprofit "I Am You 360" with a mission to empower the whole person, provide housing for youth, especially those who have aged out of foster care, and to disrupt the school to prison pipeline. The non-profit distributes critical hygiene products, hosts a self-development program, and plans to establish a community of eco-friendly tiny homes for youth. Thank you for supporting our community!


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Welcome Governor Hobbs

Glad to help welcome Governor Katie Hobbs to Pima County with Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher during the Governor’s tour of the Casa Alitas Welcome Center, which provides support and resources to asylum seekers.

Harambee Festival

I was honored to participate in the panel and read-in for the Harambee Festival at the Dunbar Pavilion! Thank you to Governor Katie Hobbs and my favorite Congressman Raul M. Grijalva for attending and sharing remarks.

Black and Brown Health Fair

D5 participated in the Black and Brown Health Fair! Congratulations to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Pima County Health Department who organized this event. 

Pets of Pima Parade

The Second Annual Pets of Pima Parade was such a success! Thanks for letting me ride in PACC's new mobile outreach clinic.

D5 Youth Art Contest Update

This year D5 received over 300 submissions, more than double the number of submissions from last year! It was so hard to choose the winners because we like them all.

Old Pascua Kick-Off Celebration

Proud to attend the celebration of the passage of the "Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act" ! The new casino built on this land will employee up to 900 people. 

Rez Ride

I had so much fun joining the 2nd Annual Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona Rez Ride! There was free bike repair, bike supplies, and lots of smiling faces!


Latino Leaders Roundtable 

Thank you very much to Isabella Casillas Guzman, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator for kicking off the Latino Prosperity Tour in Tucson and hosting a Latino Leaders Roundtable with local small business owners, government, education, and non-profit leaders.



"Pima County is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to our community and throughout our state and nation." - Black History Month in Pima County Proclamation.

Thank you, Dr. Cheree Meeks, Tucson Branch NAACP President, for accepting the proclamation and to Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney Sam Brown for presenting the proclamation!

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