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Posted July 29, 2013

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Brooks Uses Cash Prize from National Award to Help Clothe Kids

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks challenges local businesses to match his $5,000 contribution to the APS Community Clothing Bank.

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks recently received a national education leadership award that came with a $5,000 cash prize that he has donated to the APS Community Clothing Bank. Now he’s challenging local businesses to match his contribution.

APS recently took over the clothing bank when the Bernalillo County PTA relinquished its management.

“Shoes and clothes are basic necessities that kids must have to succeed in school, so it only made sense for APS to take over the clothing bank to make sure we continue to provide this critical service in our community,” Brooks said. “I was happy to make the first $5,000 donation to the APS Community Clothing Bank and challenge our business partners to do the same.”

Three businesses have already accepted the challenge. The New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union has donated $10,000 to the clothing bank that serves thousands of students each school year, and Comcast and Technology Integration Group have donated another $5,000 each.

Businesses and individuals interested in making financial donations to the APS Community Clothing Bank can contact APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus at casaus@aps.edu or 505-878-6165. Those interested in donating new or gently used clothing can contact Sonja Martens, volunteer programs manager, at martens@aps.edu or 855-5267.

Brooks received the Educational Excellence in Leadership Award from the Education Research & Development Institute. The award recognizes outstanding superintendents who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills.

The award is accompanied by a $5,000 gift to be used in whatever manner the superintendent determines to be appropriate and consistent with the honor.

Dr. Paul Dulle, president and CEO of ERDI, said Brooks exemplifies the vision of the award’s creators, Mike and Patty Kneale, which is to honor leaders who are “absolutely committed to excellence.”

“Mr. Brooks has a true passion for education and is relentlessly in pursuit of this ambitious mission: to partner with families and communities to support great schools and great employees so that all students can learn,” Dulle said.

Brooks was described as a tireless advocate of public education, a dynamic leader on critical issues in educational leadership and legislation, and a caring and dedicated educator. “You always know where this superintendent stands on issues. His passion for education is obvious as is his commitment to the young people he serves,” Dulle said.

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