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Posted September 29, 2015

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APS Joins City, County in Celebrating Community Schools

Albq. to host national community school conference in April 2016

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education joined city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County leaders in celebrating the success of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Community Schools initiative in celebrating the success of the program today at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The ABC Community Schools partnership has programs in 23 APS schools with programs like the Homework Diner at Manzano Mesa elementary and Wilson mid-school. The partnership, under the leadership of executive director Jose Munoz, also provided funding for before- and after-school programs in another 50 Albuquerque schools.

During the celebration at the convention center today, a Manzano Mesa parent shared her “community schools” story. She told about how when she and her family found themselves homeless, she talked to the community schools coordinator at Manzano Mesa and got the help she needed to find temporary housing, as well as to keep her family together and to keep her children in school.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said the parent who identified herself as ‘Monique.’ “Then I realized I had a community here at the school that might be able to help—and I reached out to the community schools coordinator at Manzano Mesa.” She said that not only did she provide direct help, but also connected her with community resources that could aid her and her family as well.

The event also took the opportunity to announce that the Coalition for Community Schools will hold its national forum in Albuquerque April 6-8, 2016. Two local community partners—Innovateducate and Sandia Labs-- presented the board of the ABC Community Schools partnership with a total of $20,000 to help fund the conference.

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