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Posted December 4, 2014

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Broader Horizons Fall Campaign Supports Dozens of Classrooms

The APS Education Foundation's grant program is providing nearly $85,000 this fall for STEM, literacy and fine arts.

Thanks to a community campaign that reaches from the corporate world to small business to individual contributors, the APS Education Foundation’s Broader Horizons campaign is putting nearly $85,000 into dozens of APS classrooms this fall.

Teachers from throughout the district submitted proposals to the Foundation for consideration in this fall’s Horizon Awards, which place money into STEM, literacy and fine arts classrooms. Grants range from $1,500 for single classrooms to $5,000 for team concepts that can be spread throughout schools.

“Horizon has put nearly $800,000 into the district in just four years, and we thank our many sponsors for making it happen,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “It’s an absolute example of folks who believe in public education – and the common good.”

Key Broader Horizons supporters include: Wells Fargo, TIG, RayLee Homes: A New Generation, Clear Channel Outdoor, Intel, AnchorBuilt, Dion’s, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Westwind Landscape Construction, Sandia National Laboratories, French Funerals – Cremations, Hinkle Family Fun Center, the APS Employees/United Way Campaign and dozens of others who believe in public education.

Reading committees judged the proposals and met two weeks ago to award the grants. Horizon will continue again in the spring.

The lead applicants for this fall’s Horizon winners included:

  • Dale Simpkins, Hoover Middle School
  • Tanya Sena, Reginald Chavez Elementary
  • Cesar Cuevas, Volcano Vista High School
  • Loretta Murphy, Bandelier Elementary
  • Alison O’Leary, Alvarado Elementary
  • Michelle Johnson, Roosevelt Middle School
  • Ira Cooper, Albuquerque High School
  • Jessica Boven, Mark Twain Elementary
  • Jovelyn Cruzada, Kit Carson Elementary
  • Christina Leonard, Osuna Elementary
  • Jamie Hantzopoulos, E.G. Ross Elementary
  • Heather Dahl,  Eldorado High School
  • Samuel Chavez, Lew Wallace Elementary
  • Audrey Colwell, Bandelier Elementary
  • Amy Lissick, Sandia High School
  • Lynda Witz, Arroyo del Oso Elementary
  • Tania Salinas, APS Gifted Evaluation Team
  • Cheryl Leung, Desert Ridge Middle School
  • Michael Anderson, Inez Elementary
  • Rebecca Boone, Hoover Middle School
  • Alma Ripley, Carlos Rey Elementary School
  • Sondra Lawson, Jimmy Carter Middle School
  • Kristen Bandy, Jimmy Carter Middle School
  • Adolphus Washington, Sandia High School
  • Cynthia Ballantine, Garfield Middle School
  • Ruth Striegel, Jackson Middle School
  • Matthew Harris, John Adams Middle School
  • Melissa Harris, Truman Middle School.
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