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Posted April 5, 2011

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Rent a Tux for Prom, Help Teachers, Students

APS, Suits Unlimited Combine Again for ‘Tuxes 4 Teachers’

The Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation and Join-A-School are teaming up once again this prom season with local family-owned business Suits Unlimited to help raise money for APS teachers and students through Tuxes 4 Teachers.

With every tuxedo rented at Suits Unlimited, 5406 Menaul Blvd. NE, Tuxes 4 Teachers contributes $10 toward Join-A-School's Seeds of Learning grant program helping teachers update and enhance curriculum and access much-needed materials and classroom activities. Teachers have often paid for such expenses out of their own pockets.

"This is the kind of partnership we want to do more of, and we're grateful to the folks at Suits Unlimited for being a part of it," said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “What a great way to turn a fun event – high school prom – into something that benefits students and teachers in the district.”

Tuxes for Teachers raised $2,500 for the Seeds of Learning program last year.

“We encourage school staff, parents and students to take part and rent their prom tuxedo at Suits Unlimited so that the program is a great success again this year,” said Steven Garcia of Suits Unlimited, who is a graduate of Sandia High School.

Join-a-School has long been committed to garnering private support for schools. The Foundation is in the midst of its first-ever Horizon Campaign, an effort to raise $1 million toward fine arts, classroom teacher mini-grants, literacy and middle/high school activities.

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