Volunteer mentors needed
According to Webster, a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or
teacher. As working or retired individuals in the community or as
young college students, we may not view ourselves as wise counselors
or teachers. But many of us have the capacity to teach and to counsel
because of our rich life experiences, and we are the very ones who
can help direct young lives in very significant and positive ways.
In the Bernalillo Public School district, there have been many
fine individuals who have mentored, and there are several who have
progressed with the same student through their years in school.
No words can thank these individuals enough. They are unsung heroes
from the Wise Men and Women Mentorship Program, nurturing that genius
that lies within every child.
There are great demands placed on schools in our present society.
So much is expected from our teachers—with so many students
in their classes, and more and more governmental demands pressed
upon the school systems. Teachers and counselors do not have enough
time to reach all the students in the special ways that all children
need. This is where mentoring in the schools can be of immense service.
Many children experience extreme situations in their growing years:
broken families, death of a parent or sibling, a parent in prison,
peer pressure, bullying, lack of self-esteem, etc. The presence
of a mentor in their lives can change their world, beginning with
helping them to recognize that their lives are precious and important.
Residents and leaders of the communities of Algodones, Bernalillo,
Placitas, the pueblos, and Rio Rancho are being asked to come to
the schools and become a small but very crucial part in the life
of a young person who is waiting for someone to recognize their
genius. Let’s reach down deeply into our roots and spirit,
and know that by reaching we will be taking important steps to being
a vital part of our community and even more, we will realize how
much we have in ourselves to share with others.
Contact Carmen Perez, 771-0803, for more information
or if you would like to participate in mentoring.
U.S. Senate approves Bingaman amendment to subsidize
On November 3, the U.S. Senate approved the fiscal year 2006 Agriculture
Appropriations bill, containing a provision written by Senator Jeff
Bingaman to improve nutrition in New Mexico schools.
Bingaman’s amendment sets aside $1 million for a Fresh Fruits
and Vegetables Pilot program, which will provide schools with healthy
snacks. Funds will be awarded through a competitive process and
would benefit twenty-five schools in New Mexico.
“Too many children in our country are overweight or even
obese. Part of the problem is that they may not be offered healthy
snacks during the school day. This $1 million will help schools
throughout our state make fruits and vegetables available to students,
giving them an alternative to junk food,” Bingaman said.