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Posted: March 22, 2012

Assistance League Turns the Big 5-0

The Assistance League of Albuquerque has been a wonderful partner to APS for over 12 years. The signature program, Operation School Bell, has benefited thousands of students and their families since 1999. Those contributions and more were celebrated on March 21; speakers lauding the group's accomplishments included Mayor R.J. Berry and APS Communications Executive Director Monica Armenta.

Lauren Joule, APS Education Foundation; Hena Torres, NM Educators Federal Credit Union; Mary Cotruzzola, Assistance League; and Monica Armenta, APS Communications; enjoy the recent 50th anniversary event.

A golden anniversary was celebrated at the Assistance League recently, marking years of accomplishments and initiatives that have benefited not only the public schools, but the entire community.  On hand to speak and thank the group were dignitaries from the community.  Mayor R. J. Berry welcomed attendees and talked about the importance of the Buddy Bears program to city law enforcement officials and firefighters.  Monica Armenta, Executive Director of the APS Communications Department, cited the thousands of students supported through the Operation School Bell program, which provides uniform wardrobes to students in 33 standardized-dress schools whose families cannot afford the expense.  Armenta talked about the toll that poverty takes on young lives everyday and mentioned that 62% of APS students qualify for free and reduced lunch.  Sparkle, which donates hygiene items to the same schools, and Kids on the Block, a life-sized puppet program addressing issues like bullying and self-esteem, are other AL programs benefiting the public schools.

Other speakers thanked AL for additional contributions to the community, including the Assault Survivor Kits that provide assault victims with emergency clothing and essentials.  Assistance League is an all-volunteer organization whose programs focus on the self-respect and well being of those they serve.  Albuquerque Public Schools is very grateful to have a wonderful group like AL supporting students and families.    The Assistance League became a Join-a-School partner in 1999 and members have spent thousands of hours and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of APS.  Join-a-School is the business partnerships program of the APS Education Foundation.

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