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Posted October 6, 2016

United Way

In her weekly message to employees, Supt. Reedy asks them to consider giving to the United Way.

If someone told APS people that there are hundreds of ways to help our students, schools and communities, I know they’d jump at the opportunity.

So, with that as the background, let me visit with you about the 2016 APS Employees’ United Way Campaign, which is operated by our APS Education Foundation.

As you know, the United Way of Central New Mexico does many things to help people in our area. The district has been funded through the United Way’s Community Fund, and employees who designate a portion of their paycheck to the APS Education Foundation have seen that generosity make a difference in hundreds of classrooms and schools throughout the district.

Every dollar the Foundation receives goes directly to grant programs that fund innovative projects in our schools. Already this year, the Foundation has granted big dollars to Coronado, Carlos Rey and Collet Park elementary schools; to the district’s high school and middle school AVID program; to Truman Middle School; to West Mesa and Valley High Schools. And the Foundation’s Horizon Awards grant window hasn’t even closed yet!

There are key things to know about the United Way Campaign, which is going through a transition this year.

You should know that:

  • As we at APS know better than most, change is never easy. But despite a variety of difficult economic forces that have brought about these changes, the United Way and the work of nonprofit organizations throughout the area are critical to the well-being of people in Albuquerque – most importantly, our students. I encourage you to give generously through the campaign because I know – and we know – that APS employees are community-minded and dedicated to helping our city.
  • As noted, the APS Education Foundation has the task of rounding up pledge forms, which are being delivered to your schools this week. Please look for them in your mailboxes, and if you didn’t receive one, please let the Foundation know at 878-6165. If you have specific questions, please contact Phill Casaus at the Foundation at casaus@aps.edu.

Remember, this school district is about improvement, innovation and the community. You can play a part in that by donating to the campaign. Please consider it – every dollar makes us better!

Thanks for your time!

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