7/17/2013 10:39:00 AM Arizona agencies create education fund for Yarnell 19 families
Special to the Tribune
Arizona education organizations have launched a long-term, statewide effort to raise $5 million to provide financial assistance for the children and families of the Yarnell 19.
The Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Education Fund will provide assistance with education-related expenses for the 13 children, three unborn children, and the spouses and fiancées of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot crewmembers who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Tax-deductible donations are accepted at any Wells Fargo branch using account number 8008516158. In addition, checks to the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Education Fund, with the same account number noted in the memo line, can be sent to the Arizona School Boards Association, at 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste, 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004, for deposit into the account.
Assistance to families will be provided until the youngest of the children turns 22. This could include money for early childhood education opportunities like preschool; K-12 needs such as school clothes and supplies, activity fees for extracurricular activities, and college admissions testing; and post-secondary needs such as college textbooks and tuition, or vocational training programs.
The Arizona School Boards Association, Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Arizona School Administrators, Arizona Education Association, Arizona Association of County School Superintendents and Yavapai College Foundation, along with Wells Fargo and the fiscal agent, are donating their time and efforts so that 100 percent of the money goes directly to the families.
"All organizations involved - from the education organizations to Wells Fargo to the law firm assisting this - are doing the work pro bono" said Tracey Benson, ASBA director of communications. "At ASBA, we are doing all this work because we believe in it."
The Arizona Community Foundation and the Yavapai County Community Foundation, a complementary scholarship endowment fund for the children of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and other fallen firefighters, also is accepting donations.