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A Grand JourneyPosted on September 26, 2016 at 5:52pm by Gary Hoachlander

Year after year, I join family and friends on the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim hike—I’ve just returned from this year’s trek. The path is the same, but the journey is always different. The canyon is alive and growing, the weather is unpredictable, and the members of our group change. It’s a challenging hike—22 miles from rim to rim; 5,000 feet down to the Colorado River; 6,000 feet up to the North Rim. We finish the day exhausted but proud. A journey well traveled!

Many of you have once again taken the first steps on a similarly challenging journey—the new school year.

It’s an honor to be on that journey with you. Together, we are helping to create access to high-quality college and career pathways that prepare students, regardless of background, for lasting success in college, career, community, and life.

As you make your way through the upcoming year, there will be many challenges, some expected and some not. Where possible, we hope that you will call on ConnectEd to help make this year a better year than the last.

We want you to finish your own school year “rim to rim” with the satisfaction that you have made an important difference in the lives of young people. We are so grateful for your commitment and hard work.


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