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Posted February 10, 2015

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High School Resource Fair Draws Huge Crowd

Organizers of last week's fair at Atrisco Heritage Academy are pleased with the response.

A discussion among counselors at Atrisco Heritage Academy a few years ago resulted in the school's first Community Resource Fair. Resource fairs are new to many communities and proving to be very popular as a one-stop shop for students and families in need of services that schools can’t provide.

“We, as counselors, have found that families are unaware of resources in their community so we wanted to educate them on what was available,” said Bryan Gabaldon, a counselor at Atrisco Heritage Academy. "We understand that before we can expect families to send their children to school, ready to learn, these students and their families have many basic needs that usually need to be addressed first.”

Agencies like Medicaid, New Mexico Legal Aid, Catholic Social Services, The Albuquerque Assistance League and First Nations Bilingual Counseling had experts on hand to talk with anyone in need of their services. Organizers of the fair are hopeful those who attended will use the connections made in the future to help them navigate through programs and ultimately find meaningful services that can simplify life and allow the home focus to stay on education.

Other local  groups like UNIDOS  also host Resource Fairs. Stay tuned to APS News and APS.edu for details on these events in the months to come.

Anyone who missed the Feb. 4th event but wishes to learn more about information available at the fair can reach out to the Atrisco Heritage High School’s counseling office.

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