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Posted October 15, 2014

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Dr. Winter Encourages United Way Support

"Every day, we go to work for the betterment of our children," the Interim Superintendent writes in a letter to APS employees.

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I look at Albuquerque Public Schools as a family.

Yes, we have our challenges. And, no, we don’t always agree on everything. But every day, we go to work for the betterment of our children – and no matter what, we stick together for those kids.

That’s why I’m writing you today. Our kids, our community, need you.

The 2014 APS Employees/United Way Campaign is kicking off this week. Very soon, your schools will be receiving United Way pledge forms through our mail system, and I hope you will consider giving. The campaign will conclude just before Thanksgiving.

I am asking our principals and site leaders to make this a priority this fall. I’d like them to name a campaign “champion” – one of those energetic folks that all our schools possess. I’m asking that champion to be a real cheerleader for the campaign, because it does wonders for kids in our community.

It also does wonders for the school district. On that form is the opportunity to contribute to the APS Education Foundation, which uses every single dollar to benefit classrooms, schools and students in the district. The Foundation’s Broader Horizons campaign is putting more than $340,000 into classrooms this year, and a big part of that is thanks to you, APS employees.

The Foundation’s goal this year is to have as many employees as possible donate $5 a paycheck. Yes, it’s a sacrifice. But I also know that if all of us could do that – or more – we could make even bigger gains in APS. I’d like to see our employees raise their level of participation, if only because I believe we are central to our community. Truth be told, we are the leader in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

When we do well, everyone does well.

I know times are tight. But I also know that our family rises to the occasion. We always have, we always will.

So, thanks for hearing me out. Your schools should be receiving pledge forms this week. If you don’t get one, please contact the Foundation at 878-6165.

Please give to the campaign this year. I am very proud to be part of APS. I know you are, too, because every one of us believes in kids.


Dr. Brad Winter
APS Interim Superintendent




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