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Posted October 30, 2014

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Achieve Awards Go to 13 Clubs & Activities

The money awarded by the APS Education Foundation goes to support middle and high school programs ranging from drama to science clubs to organizations that help students with disabilities.

Thirteen proposals from clubs and activities at middle and high schools throughout APS were funded by the APS Education Foundation’s Achieve Awards.

More than $34,000 in grants were allotted to the proposals, which will aid students who participate in clubs and activities in the district. Among the funded proposals was a Best Buddies program at Desert Ridge Middle School, science clubs at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School and Kennedy Middle School, and a thespian conference that will be attended by drama students at Cibola High.

“This grant, which is relatively new, is quickly becoming our most popular,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “We had 50 proposals, most of them very deserving of funding, so it was a very difficult set of decisions for the committee.”

Members of the Foundation’s Disbursement Committee, including two APS students, helped judge the proposals.

Sponsor/Recipients this fall included:

  • Marianne Ireland, Sandia High School.
  • Jessie MacFarland, Desert Ridge Middle School.
  • Elaine Prentice, College and Career High School.
  • Justin Landis, Highland High School.
  • Brian Rothrock, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.
  • Aleita Kiwanuka, Cibola High School.
  • Elizabeth Piper, Madison Middle School.
  • Jackie Cole, Albuquerque High.
  • Kelly McCloskey-Romero, Nex+Gen Academy High School.
  • Sondra Lawson, Jimmy Carter Middle School.
  • Michael Parsons, Kennedy Middle School.
  • Mark Hendricks, West Mesa High School.
  • Robanne Harrison, Manzano High School.

The Achieve Awards will have a spring cycle as well, Casaus said. Funding will be somewhere between $33,000 and $43,000.

In addition, the Foundation funded three awards in the Wells Fargo/APS Foundation Brighter Horizons Financial Literacy Awards, which go to deserving proposals in APS classrooms that help students with financial literacy.

Those recipients included Syd DiChiara at Nex+Gen Academy, Ed Lucero of the Career Enrichment Center and Amy Edwards of Sandia High.




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