As many already know, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a bus tour, visiting dozens of their partner schools around the country. More information and a fun map here: http://ace.nd.edu/20/route. The bus tour is a fun way to spread the word about ACE, their work and their programs, and wherever the bus stops there’s always a pep rally. The names of all the ACE partner schools are printed on the sides of the bus and students enjoy the challenge of finding the name of their own school.
Barbara Johnston and I have been invited along on a few of their stops:
And just last week I flew (The bus is nice and all, but I’m happy to fly!) to Tucson, Arizona to join the bus tour on an important stop. The ACE Advisory Board and many ACE administrators were there for a meeting and to visit the three ACE Academies in the Tucson area. The ND ACE Academies are a new Catholic school model developed by ND faculty with a greater collaboration and sharing of resources between the local community, diocese, school and ACE. More on that here: http://ace.nd.edu/academies/
For all intents and purposes I’m a lifelong midwesterner, so the scenery and temperatures of the desert Southwest were quite a contrast, especially after this past winter! One of the days ended early enough for me to do a little sightseeing on my own, and being the aviation nut that I am, I had to visit the famous aircraft “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. I also did a quick drive into Saguaro National Park and met some of the local “wildlife.”
On a strictly technical note, the sky in Tucson was so blue I had to adjust the white balance on my cameras to compensate. Heh…not a problem I deal with in Northern Indiana.
I made hundreds of photos in Tucson, so it was difficult to pick which handful to share on the blog. To see more, keep your eye on the ACE website: http://ace.nd.edu/blog/photos