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Posted March 23, 2018

Spring Break, Spring Cleaning

In her weekly message to employees, Supt. Reedy wishes everyone a Happy Spring Break and encourages donations of gently used clothing to the Spring Cleaning Drive for the APS Community Clothing Bank.

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Spring Break. Boy, have we earned it.

It’s been a good year so far with lots of successes and just a few setbacks. No matter what the day brings, we soldier on. We are dedicated. We are resilient.  

We are tired. 

Understandably. Public education is exhausting work. So much is at stake – the future of our children, families and community. Each day, each task, each moment can make a difference in the lives of the students we serve. That’s a lot to ask of our employees. Yet, we do, and you come through, time and time again. 

For that, I am grateful. 

Now it’s time to catch your breath. Enjoy a few days off while you regroup for the rest of the school year. If you're working during the break, I hope it's a little quieter, a little less stressful than normal.

If you decide to do some spring cleaning next week, I hope you’ll keep in mind the APS Community Clothing Bank. They’re having a Spring Cleaning Drive when we get back on Friday, April 6, at City Centre (the APS administration building). They'll have bins set up in the north parking lot from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. to collect gently used clothing for our students in all grades -- shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, skirts.

In case you’re not familiar with the APS Community Clothing Bank, they work in partnership with Goodwill Industries of New Mexico to make sure students have comfortable, season-appropriate clothes for school.

Each year, counselors, nurses and social workers provide vouchers to about 5,000 APS students for up to nine outfits – three in early fall, three before winter break and three before summer break.

The students can go with their families to pick out the outfits at any Goodwill store in Albuquerque. But I hear the pickings have been pretty slim recently, which is why the Clothing Bank is hosting the Spring Cleaning Drive.

We want our students to be comfortable. We don’t want them to have to worry about how their clothes feel or look. We want them to be able to take pride in their appearance. Students who feel good about themselves are more likely to focus more on learning and succeed in school. 

So thanks to all of you who are willing to give. 

Our students, through the Clothing Bank, also will be the recipients of sweaters collected through the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive hosted by New Mexico PBS to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic TV show. You can get more information here. “Oh, won’t you be my neighbor!”

We have a lot more to do this school year. When we return from spring break, we’ll begin testing as well as all types of end-of-year activities – projects, field trips, concerts, competitions. And, of course, graduation. It’s an exciting time of year, but there is so much going on. So get some rest and I'll see you in April!

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