Severe Weather Alerts

COME TOGETHER: Showing Support For Youth

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Many students face a challenging environment on a daily basis. Tuesday morning, three local organizations came together to bring awareness to the needs of education in our community.

Aviva USA hosted the Big Breakfast, along with the United Way of Central Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The goal is to provide hope and opportunities for the future of children who are falling through the cracks in our community.

More than 25,000 students in Iowa schools are English language learners and Aviva CEO, Chris Littlefield, says the company wants to reach out to them and help them be successful.

“I think the biggest goal is to continue this terrific debate about education in the state of Iowa. We’ve got a terrific debate waging about how do we make this state excel in education is it’s so important to our future and that’s what this is about,” says Littlefield.

The event featured nationally acclaimed speaker and educator Rafe Esquith. He is the only teacher that’s been awarded the President’s National Medal of the Arts.