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Posted November 8, 2012

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Every Jackson MS Staffer Donates to United Way

The deadline for this year's APS Employees United Way campaign is approaching; the last day to submit pledge forms is Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Jackson MS Principal Ann Piper

It’s one thing to get an A. It’s quite another to reach 100 percent.

The employees at Jackson Middle School have done both.

Every Jackson staff member donated at least $5 to the APS/United Way Campaign this year, proving that teamwork and commitment to community go a very long way.

The APS Education Foundation, which operates the United Way Campaign on behalf of the district, asked Jackson Principal Ann Piper for a few thoughts on what the effort means to the staff at Jackson. Here’s what she said:

“At Jackson, like all of Albuquerque Public Schools, we understand the importance of community. Our staff consistently goes above and beyond to support all kids and families. We have a community supported in-house clothing bank, an in-house food pantry, an open 'email staff anytime' intranet, and more.

"You don't need an appointment to visit with the teachers, counselors, the dean of students or principal. Our support staff, custodians and cafeteria staff understand their importance to student achievement and well-being -- they are kind and giving. All of the Jackson staff members are 'first responders' -- open 24/7 to meet student and family academic and social needs.

"That's why, year after year, the Jackson staff has been 100 percent givers to United Way. We at Jackson know we can't do it all by ourselves. United Way fulfills a myriad of needs for our local, state and national communities -- from youth educational and social/leadership opportunities, emergency youth/family care, youth and family counseling, health care access, education and justice, community partnerships in business and government. There is so much United Way does for all of us!

"Jackson may not be the top total giver in APS, but we believe we're the most enthusiastic givers! Jackson staff members believe in a bright, vibrant future for every student, family and American. And by giving $5 or more each, our Jackson staff says: 'We believe!' Thank you, United Way!"

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