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(l. to r.) Volunteer Foster Grandparents Doris Kincaide, Connie Jaramillo, and Persingula Toya received the Jemez Valley Public School’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award for volunteering time to help students who might otherwise struggle in school.

School Board honors Jemez Valley Elementary “Foster Grandparents”

—Sidney Hill

The Jemez Valley School Board recently honored three Sandoval County residents who have volunteered numerous hours to help young people who might otherwise struggle in school. These individuals, all senior citizens, are participants in the Sandoval County Foster Grandparents program. This program matches senior volunteers with students who have been identified by teachers as needing additional help to develop classroom skills and overall confidence.

Two of the individuals recognized by the Jemez Valley School Board spent 1,452 hours working with students at Jemez Elementary School this past school year. The third person is no longer an active foster grandparent, but was recognized for having provided many years of service to the program.

The active honorees are Connie Jaramillo and Persingula Toya. Doris Kindcaide was the third honoree. They all received the Jemez Valley School Board’s “Excellence in Student Achievement Award,” which is reserved for individuals who play an outstanding role in improving student achievement.

The award was presented at the school board’s June 21, 2016 meeting.

“These women have many touched lives with their kindness, compassion, and genuine desire to help children reach their potential,” said Sandy Escarcida, volunteer services coordinator with the Sandoval County Senior Program.

“Persingula and Connie have given more than twenty years combined to the children at Jemez Valley Elementary School. As a result, wherever they go in the community, a young child, or a young adult, will come up and greet them as “Grandma Connie” or “Grandma Persingula… They are a joy to work with, and they are true assets to Foster Grandparent Program.”

Scouts help BMS students and march on

“Our BMS School Supply Donation Program and the Sheriff’s Posse Parade will finish up our summer activities,” predicts Cub Master David Gardner.

The Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison Snow Watson describes the end of the summer as a proud time for the Cub Scouts of Pack 708. “Mid-July the Scouts set out their yellow collection boxes at the Placitas and Bernalillo Post Offices,” Ms. Watson says. The donated school supplies for Bernalillo Middle School students are collected weekly until August 12.

The scouts will make their annual “Year in Review” presentation to their sponsor, the Coronado Optimist Club, on August 10 at a historic site in Bernalillo.

Also that week, on August 13, the scouts will participate in the Sheriff’s Posse Parade, where they have won trophies the past two years.

Later in August, Pack 708 will recruit new scouts during the Parent-Teacher nights at Algodones, Bernalillo, Carroll, and Placitas elementary schools.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s exit 240. The weekly meetings occur every Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 and/or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

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