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Announcements for the Week of December 12, 2011

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December 15, 2011


KOATs for Kids Campaign: The 22nd annual KOATs for Kids campaign will run through Dec. 31. New or gently used winter coats may be dropped off at Molina Healthcare, Walgreens, Melloy Dodge, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Mattress Firm, Circle K, Star Bright Cleaners, or KOAT-TV offices. Cash donations also will be accepted at the credit union.  Coats will be distributed by APS, the NM Public Ed Dept., and the NM Army National Guard. KOAT has joined with A Virtual Receptionist to operate a hotline for anyone needing further information on donating or receiving a coat. The number is (800) 678-KOAT (5628).


Film on Early Childhood Education Premiers Dec. 17: The film “The Connected Baby will premiere at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The film demonstrates the importance of emotional connection and long-lasting value of joyous early years experiences. Co-producer, Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk will facilitate a discussion and question/answer exchange. There is no charge, but seating is limited and must be reserved in advance. Call 243-5437 to register. The APS/Community Early Childhood Collaborative contributed funds to bring this event to Albuquerque. Visit, or e-mail for more information.


Program Offers Grants for Community Gardens: The New Mexico Centennial Foundation has teamed with the Coca Cola Foundation to provide $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 grants for school and community garden projects. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or nonprofit K-12 school that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project that will help communities engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Priority is given to limited-resource communities and projects that demonstrate strong collaborations and community support. The deadline for applications is Jan. 13. Full guidelines and application are available at


Grants for APS High School/Mid-School Science Departments Offered: The Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association, Albuquerque Chapter is offering the January 2012 Science Department Scholarship to APS middle and high schools for science class consumables in blocks of $500 up to $2,000. Teachers or administrators must submit an expense report showing how the award funding will be spent on consumables and a short essay on how their science department will benefit including how many students will be affected via e-mail to or no later than Jan. 27. For more information, call 846-7319.


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade/March is Jan. 15: The NM Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and the city of Albuquerque are sponsoring the Annual MLK Parade and March beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at University and Martin Luther King Blvd. NE, and ending with a commemorative ceremony at Civic Plaza in Downtown Albuquerque. For more information call 222-6466 or visit




Free Project WET Training for Teachers on Feb. 11: The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is offering a Project WET 2.0 workshop for teachers who need lesson plans for hands-on, brains-on activities or who want to include environmental education into the curriculum. The workshop is set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 11 and includes curriculum and activity guide, hike, resources and lunch. For more information or to sign up, call Sharon Sivinski at 768-3245 or Kimi Scheerer at 898-6388, ext.128.


Application Deadline is Feb. 15 for Seminar in American History: Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars is offering 40 seminars in American History for K-12 history, social studies, language arts, and English teachers. Application deadline is Feb. 15. Visit for details. For questions, e‑mail


The HistoryMakers NEH Summer Institute for Teachers is July 8 – Aug. 3: The HistoryMakers’ 2012 NEH Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers will be held in Chicago, Ill., July 8 - Aug. 3. Summer Scholars are selected through a competitive national application to study “African American Political History: From Reconstruction to the Present” and receive training in the disciplines of oral history. A stipend of $3,300 (less hotel) is provided. Mail applications by March 1 to Jessica Levy, The History Makers, 1900 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.  For more information, visit, call 312-674-1900 or e‑mail




“Senior Citizen” Essay Contest Open to Students in Grades 1-5: As part of the Older Americans’ Month celebration in May, the APS and the city of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs are conducting the 30th annual “Senior Citizen I Know” essay contest for students in grades 1-5. The contest is designed to promote positive relationships between elementary age students and senior citizens. The deadline for entries is Feb. 17, 2012. A panel of judges will select 30 winners from among the entries and winners will receive a gift from Wells Fargo Bank, a pass to Cliff’s Amusement Park and certificates from Supt. Winston Brooks and Mayor Richard J. Berry. For more information and an entry form visit,


Ditch Safety Program Offers Presentations for Students: The Ditch & Water Safety Task Force offers information to students about water safety including a video about arroyo and ditch safety and the consequences that can result from playing in them. Each presentation lasts about 30 minutes and includes a quiz and prizes. For more information and to schedule a presentation at your school contact Dea Rankin at 764-4444, ext. 225. Visit for more information.


Math-Science Scholarships Offered by ExxonMobile: APS seniors are eligible for the ExsonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships offered through the Council of the Great City Schools. Four scholarships—two for males and two for females—of $5,000 each will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman Dr. Bernard Harris. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012. To download an application, visit


Math Camp Offered Dec. 27-30: A math camp for high school students is offered Dec. 27-30. Topics include foundational algebra, geometry, and algebra II. Cost is $700 for the four-day camp and scholarships are available. For more information visit, or call Lisa Adkins at 463-5077.

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