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Posted October 4, 2012

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United Way Donations Go Back Into the Classroom

In the past two years, nearly $70,000 in APS employee donations to the United Way have helped fund the Horizon Awards, a competitive grant for innovative teaching in four major areas: Fine Arts, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Literacy and Middle/High School Activities.

United Way donations helped pay for musical instruments for pre-schoolers at East San Jose ES.

Classrooms throughout Albuquerque Public Schools have new musical instruments, improved technology and innovative teaching tools thanks to the APS Education Foundation’s Horizon Awards, paid for in large part by employee donations to the United Way.

The Foundation has provided hundreds of teachers, classrooms and schools more than $230,000 in Horizon Awards since the program began in 2010. Thousands of students have been touched by the awards.

Much of the funding for the Horizon Awards – more than $67,000 in the past two years – comes through United Way donations. APS employees have traditionally been among the most generous in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County when it comes to the United Way campaign.

This year's APS Employees United Way campaign is underway. Pledge forms went to the district's 140 schools a couple of weeks ago. Those who may not have received pledge forms can all the Foundation at 878-6165.

The last day to submit pledge forms is Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Employees may give to the charity of their choice, including the Foundation, which moved all the donations it received to the Horizon Awards.

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