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APS Thanks Supporters for Mountain of School Supplies

More than 10,000 students in need served by generosity

APS Thanks Supporters for Mountain of School Supplies

Sonja Martens of APS Schools & Community Partnerships is surrounded by carts full of school supplies that were wheeled into a recent school board meeting.

September 14, 2011

Thousands of Albuquerque Public Schools students are benefiting from the generosity of numerous donors who stepped up to provide much-needed school supplies this year. The school district and more than 10,000 students are grateful for this support.

“While the economy continues to struggle, families continue to struggle with meeting needs at home, which include the purchase of back-to-school items,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “On behalf of APS, I want to sincerely thank the many businesses and organizations that have relieved this burden for so many of our students. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for what they have done.”

As budgets tighten, the need for school supplies increases. However, the number of students served represents a 15 percent increase over last year, according to Sonja Martens of APS Schools & Community Partnerships.

It took more than one supply drive to generate so many donations. Schools & Community Partnerships, the University of New Mexico and APS Title I teamed up again on an effort that culminated in an annual distribution event at UNM Stadium. Fidelity Investments joined forces with PNM, French Mortuary, Cardinal Health, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and Verizon to fill a school bus to overflowing with supplies. The leadership of APS put together its own competitive drive, which resulted in 27 shopping carts full of supplies rolling through the doors at a recent Board of Education meeting. And, that’s just to name a few.

While everyone knows there is great need at back-to-school time, it’s also good to know that people in Albuquerque are willing to help.

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