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Yellow boxes meant a better holiday

—Susann Owings

“We did very well again this year,” says Pack Master David Gardner who made certain the yellow-box donations were collected in October and November from ten businesses and community buildings in Bernalillo and Placitas.

The scouts sorted the canned goods, which yielded 21 bags of food that were delivered to Carroll Elementary School and Bernalillo Middle School for distribution.

“We were able to help forty families with the scout donations,” says Carroll Elementary School Counselor Ishana Norman. “We really appreciate their help.”

On November 19, the scouts finished out their pre-Thanksgiving activities with an official flag retirement ceremony along a campfire at Baca Ranch in Algodones.

The cub scouts’ next activity will be joining the Bernalillo Holiday Parade on December 6. They plan, also, to bring cheer to people at a local retirement home by serenading them with holiday carols.

Kits for the Pinewood Derby will be distributed in December through their final meeting of the year on December 19. Meetings will resume the week of January 12 when scouts finalize their racers for competition in January.

The Pack meets after school on Wednesdays for Bernalillo and Carroll Elementary Schools, and after school on Fridays for Placitas Elementary School. For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.


Scholarships contests loom

—Susann Owings

“We successfully completed our Thanksgiving’s Sharing Project, planned our scholarship contests, and bike safety rodeo for the new year, so we’re going to party in December,” says Coronado Optimist Club’s past President Snow Watson. 

The $2,500 dollar essay contest is due to the club on December 2. The Club’s winning essay will be sent to the New Mexico-West Texas District competition, which awards the $2,500 dollar college scholarship from the Optimist International Foundation. The five thousand dollar Oratorical Contest application deadline is January 14, with the competition being held January 21. After the club level competition, the winner will compete at the District level where three scholarships are awarded: $2,500 dollar first place, $1,500 dollar second place, and one thousand dollar third place.

The Coronado Optimist Club usually meets from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at the Range Café in Bernalillo, but in December they’re partying. Community members are welcome. For more information, contact Club President Suzann Owings at 867-0567.

 
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