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Posted: February 9, 2018

Thanks, Partners!

"Let’s face it, it takes an entire community to educate a child. That’s why I am so appreciative of our many, many partners," Supt. Reedy writes in her weekly message.

Education is a team sport. Everyone plays a role from the students and teachers in the classroom to the secretaries and administrators in the office to the parents, guardians and siblings at home, not to mention our neighbors, local business owners, elected officials, non-profit agencies and volunteers.

Let’s face it, it takes an entire community to educate a child. That’s why I am so appreciative of our many, many partners.

Year after year, there are countless opportunities for Albuquerque Public Schools to work with others for the betterment of our students. So many people reach out to help, offering time, money, programs, support, love. 

Here is just a small sampling of that invaluable outreach just since the beginning of 2018:

New Mexico Work Force Connection has been working with our Human Resources Department on connecting job seekers to APS employment opportunities. We took part in one of their employment events this week where we sought future custodians, educational assistants and substitutes. The results were fantastic! Dozens of potential hires!

Mission: Graduate just announced that it will use a $100,000 GradNation Acceleration Grant from America’s Promise Alliance, with support from AT&T, to fund Rio Grande High School’s early warning system program to support off-track juniors and seniors and work to re-engage youth who have already left school. 

And speaking of Rio Grande, Raven freshmen will be the next recipients of free mobile devices and wireless service provided by Sprint to more than 2,000 of our high school students.

Mission: Graduate also partnered with Wells Fargo and 14 other companies to host Groundhog Job Shadow Week for more than 370 students from nine area schools

The National Hispanic Cultural Center once again hosted Festival de Bellas Artes where more than 1,500 students form 39 APS and charter schools celebrated music, dance and culture.  

Noted Albuquerque photographer Frank Frost is a founding sponsor of Selfless Seniors, now in its 10th year, and has created beautiful portraits of hundreds of high school students who graciously give back to their community. 

Holmans Foundation for Autism, a longtime supporter of APS autism-specific classrooms, just donated robots for students in the homebound program to virtually attend events at their schools. 

Professional and student architects from the American Institution of Architects Albuquerque Chapter, the New Mexico Architecture Foundation and the UNM School of Architecture + Planning are working with students at Mark Twain Elementary on a project to reimagine their neighborhood park. The students also are working with the neighborhood association. 

At Lavaland Elementary School, Albuquerque Parks and Recreation hosted a Walking School Bus, a safe alternative form of transportation that allows children, chaperoned by adults, to walk to school along a set route in much the same way a school bus would drive them to school.

The National Park Service is working with students at Eldorado High School to create an app that would engage younger children visiting Chaco Canyon.

For the 28th year, KOATs for Kids sponsored by KOAT 7 has gathered and delivered coats to thousands of our students in need.

Another local station, KRQE News 13 in cooperation with the Assistance League of Albuquerque, has conducted shoe drives for students at Title I schools. Since 2015, they have distributed 10,000 pairs of shoes across 22 schools. 

Professional golfer Notah Begay, after seeing news reports of a fire that damaged playground equipment at Osuna Elementary School, is working with the school on creating an even better “safe play space” for the students there.  

Albuquerque native Alex Bregman, the third baseman for the World Series champion Houston Astros, donated several iPads to Petroglyph Elementary School’s program for students with autism. 

Whew! And that’s the short list! There’s no way to name everyone who supports APS and its students, so I'll conclude this by saying thank you to ALL our partners!