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Girl Scouts deliver more than cookies

Members of Girl Scout Troop 7288

Members of Girl Scout Troop 7288: (Standing l. to r.) Sara McPhee, Robin Verdugo (leader), Sierra Verdugo, Mary Johnson (assistant leader), Pam Colton, Kate Suazo. (Sitting l. to r) Shayla Colton, Hailey Johnson

Girl Scout Troop 7288 from Placitas held a food drive for the Haven House—the Sandoval County Center for victims of domestic abuse on December 14 at the Merc in Placiats. In three short hours, the girls collected several bags of groceries. Troup leader Robin Verdugo said, “One very generous soul donated a whole ham! And the residents of Placitas were very generous as well with their cash. The Troop collected $120 in cash.”

Janet Wheatley a representative of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) brought several bags of groceries donated by the women in her organization. The following week, Ms. Wheatley and Robin Verdugo used the money to purchased supplies needed at the shelter and delivered the goods

“Everyone was very glad to be involved in such a worthwhile cause,” said Robin. “The girls were very proud to be involved in helping some less fortunate than themselves, especially during the holiday season.”

Troop 7288 and NAWIC wish to thank the citizens of Placitas for their generous contributions and wish everyone a happy new year.


Holiday activities at Optimist Club

—Maude Linnartz

The Optimist Club de Sandoval is still glowing after receiving the prestigious Nonprofit Organization of the Year award from the Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce. One of its special projects (Dean Alexander and Kasey) was also recognized with an award for its outstanding work in the Placitas and Algodones schools. The club, which has only been in existence for a little more than a year, has been very active during this holiday season.

They sponsored a Blessings Day in early December, when they collected and distributed special items—including food, toys, clothing, and blankets—to families in need. Four families from PB&J and Saint Vincent de Paul were special beneficiaries, and additional items were donated to those organizations. The great outpouring from the community was greatly appreciated. The club is well on its way to raising $1,000 so that PNM money orders can be distributed to families who are having difficulties paying their utility bills. Thanks to Jackalope, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, the Junior Optimist Club, and many others for helping to make this event such a big success.

The Placitas Elementary School Junior. Optimists will continue into the new year meeting from 2:40 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning January 8. The prekindergarten will move and begin the second semester at PES, thanks to the generosity of the PES administration and the Bernalillo Public School Board.

The community is invited to join the club on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Placitas Mission San Antonio Community Center (on Paseo de San Antonio). Feel free to contact its president, Elaine Sullivan, at or Maude Linnartz, 771-2337, for additional details.


List of scholarships available from USCSA

A conservative estimate of college costs for a full-time student runs from $10,000 to $30,000; high-cost colleges can run from $40,000 to $100,000! Most parents and students think scholarships are only for the student who has excellent grades, a low-income family, or athletic inclinations. Although the majority of scholarships are from the federal government and are merit- or need-based, millions of dollars are available to students from private-sector scholarships.

The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance–College Bound is an organization that supplies the public with over a thousand different private scholarship sources. For information on obtaining scholarship lists, send a self-addressed stamped, business (#10) envelope to: The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance, P.O. Box 668, O’Fallon, IL 62269.




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