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Posted November 26, 2017

Achieve Awards Granted to 21 Projects

The APS Education Foundation awards grants ranging in size from $400 to $10,000 to school clubs and activities across the district.

The APS Education Foundation has granted Achieve Awards to 21 projects for clubs and activities at schools throughout the district.

In all, $63,398 was granted, Foundation Executive Director Shannon Barnhill announced. 

Grants ranged in size from $400 to $10,000, with an average of about $3,000. A second Achieve cycle will be available early in 2018 for the spring semester.

Achieve Awards are designed for clubs and extracurricular activities needing extra support to reach more students and provide opportunities that keep kids engaged and in school.

Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors helped select the winning submissions. About a third of the total number of requests were funded.

Winners of 2017 Achieve Awards include:

  • Julie Zerby, Matheson Park Elementary School Knitting Club: $850
  • Oriandi Mellas, Lew Wallace Elementary School Folklorico Club: $800
  • Ariane Moran, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School Model United Nations: $500
  • Randi Sevigny, Seven Bar Elementary School Mars Mission: $900
  • Donna Brown, Volcano Vista High School Sustainability Club: $1,300
  • Chaushie Forster, Garfield Middle School Garfield Robotics: $3,700
  • Thomas Moppert, Highland High School Outdoor Adventure Club: $2,500
  • Christina Leonard, Osuna Elementary School Tester-rific Club: $550
  • Valerie Kovach, Albuquerque High School AHS STEAM and Robotics: $7,500
  • Yvonne Ortega, Kit Carson Elementary School Reading Club: $2,000
  • Sarah Ferebee, Highland High School & Aztec Complex Awesome Barkery Project: $850
  • Crystal Armijo, Barcelona Elementary School Peer Mediation Program: $4,087
  • Mark Hendricks, West Mesa High School West Mesa High School NJROTC: $10,000
  • Dana Salvador, Truman Middle School Battle of the Books: $702
  • Evangeline Pena, Truman Middle School Literacy Night: $500
  • Michelle Duggins, Eldorado High School Skills for Success: $7,000
  • Connie Giannini-Dennis, East San Jose Elementary School Running/Walking Club: $881
  • Rick Sleeter, Eldorado High School Anthropology: $8,615
  • Philip Olona, Cleveland Middle School Tech Avengers: $5,075
  • Shannon Trujillo, Title I Homeless Project at West Mesa High School Lets Get Organized: $400
  • Silvina Tello, Van Buren Middle School Student Art and Mural Project: $3,683

The APS Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to promote private support of the district and its students.  Through inspired philanthropy and community support, the Foundation seeks to make a real difference in the lives of the students and teachers of Albuquerque Public Schools. To learn more about how to apply for a grant or how to make a donation to the Foundation’s grant-making programs, please contact Foundation staff at

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