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News from the Superintendent: October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Good morning.

As you know, Balloon Fiesta time also marks the kickoff of another great season: the district’s annual United Way employee campaign.

The APS Education Foundation operates the United Way campaign for the district, and your generosity during some very difficult times has been so important to the improved perception of the district within the community. A year ago, APS employees gave a record $275,000 to the United Way.

That’s fantastic.

Remember, United Way allows you to designate your contribution to the charitable cause of your choice. Many of you designated your contribution to the Foundation. Every penny of the money you designate to the Foundation goes back to the Foundation’s Horizon Campaign, and money from that effort will begin being distributed later this month to classrooms that deal with fine arts, middle/high school activities, Classroom Teacher Grants, literacy and STEM projects.

I believe that APS employees are some of the most giving people in Albuquerque because I see your commitment to the community every day. That’s why I believe the United Way campaign is so vital. Like APS, United Way touches almost every segment of our community. For example, our own Title I Homeless Project has been the recipient of grants from the United Way Community Fund.

Within the next week or so, you will begin seeing United Way pledge forms in your mailboxes. The Foundation is working to make sure that every employee receives a form, so if you haven’t seen yours by the middle of the month, contact Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus at 878-6165 or casaus@aps.edu. He’ll make sure you receive a form.

Again, thank you for your generosity. The campaign will run through early December. Please give what you can, and remember that every little bit makes all of us stronger.

You’ll hear from me about the United Way from time to time in the next few months, and I’ll be getting a hand from a celebrity in our town who has kids in APS. More on that soon.

Have a great week.

Winston Brooks
Superintendent

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