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Sandoval County Sheriff John Paul Trujillo accepts donation from Samís Club

Sandoval County Sheriff John Paul Trujillo accepts donation from Samís Club

Kasey Says and DARE programs welcome donation
from Samís Club

The West Side Samís Club has presented a check for $1,000 to the Sandoval County Sheriffís Office to be used to help fund their Kasey Says and DARE programs.

Kasey Says is a unique program helping children develop reading skills with safety tips and behavioral education. Kasey is a golden retriever with many talents who is well known at schools within Sandoval County. The program has spread to other police departments across the United States.

Monies will also be used in the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program. This program helps teach children about drugs and their effects and how to resist peer pressure. The funds will help purchase supplies for the program, such as safety brochures, educational books, pens, pencils, film for the child ID program, and much more.

Both Kasey Says and DARE operate with donated funds. The Sandoval County Sheriffís Office welcomes donations from organizations and individuals throughout the community to assist in maintaining these two worthy programs.

 

Nine-year-old James Fluke of Bernalillo listens as Bobby Griego, manager of the Intel Computer Clubhouse, explains how to make a digital movie.

Nine-year-old James Fluke of Bernalillo listens as Bobby Griego, manager of the Intel Computer Clubhouse, explains how to make a digital movie.

Intel Computer Clubhouse opens 

óGreg Johnston

Calling all kids! If you are between eight and eighteen and would like to create computer animation or Web sites, direct a digital film or record your own music CD, you can do that now in Bernalillo. On Saturday, June 14, a grand opening was held for the Intel Computer Clubhouse on the north side of Bernalillo High School.

The facility is a collaboration between Intel and Youth Development, Inc., and gives children a chance to play with high-tech equipment and professional software. There is no charge to participate.

The Bernalillo Intel Computer Clubhouse joins a hundred similar clubhouses worldwide. Others are located in Brazil, China, Ireland, South Africa, Germany, and Columbia. The project was created by the Boston Museum of Science in collaboration with the MIT Media Laboratory. Stina Cooke, a program developer from Boston for the Computer Clubhouse Network, attended the opening festivities in Bernalillo. She said the clubhouse is a way to reach many young people that don't have computers and technology available to them at home. Cooke said the clubhouses identify what young people are interested in and stimulate their learning. Skills are developed that help create new opportunities.

Gary Dwyer, superintendent of Bernalillo Public Schools, said that the district was eager to participate in the project and understood that it was a critical link in helping young people understand technology. Barbara Vigil-Lowder is the director of technology for BPS and brought high-school students to the clubhouse during the school year. Examples of their creative endeavors hang on the walls, above the computers.

Intel wants to help underserved youth by introducing them to technology and showing how it can help shape their future. At the clubhouse, young people work with a mentor and are encouraged to explore creative ideas through technology. According to Barbara Brazil, Intel New Mexico public affairs manager, the clubhouse exists to allow students to have fun and not feel intimidated by high-tech equipment. Intel has donated fifteen IBM computers that are split into various workstations. Other equipment includes high-resolution printers, a scanner, video and still cameras, and a musical keyboard. Professional software such as Adobe PhotoShop and Microsoft Illustrator has been donated.

Bobby Griego is the Bernalillo Intel Computer Clubhouse manager. Griego has a background in acting and enjoys showing kids how to produce their own digital films. He says there is always a need for more adult mentors. "It's not necessary for a mentor to have a technology background, but it's helpful," he said. "A mentor is most importantly a friend or a contact."

A collaborative atmosphere exists at the clubhouse where mentors can learn from studentsí ideas.

During the summer the clubhouse is open Mondays through Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In August the clubhouse will be resume after-school hours from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. To volunteer as a mentor or for additional information, call 867-7841.

 

Soccer Club registration

On June 28 and July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., register for the Sandoval County Soccer Club program. Rod Underwood (USSF A license) is now the professional staff coach for the club. The cost is $65 for U5 and U6 players and includes a uniform and coaching clinics. For U7 and up the cost is $100 and includes a uniform, eight practice sessions, four games attended, coaching clinics, and evaluation. Competitive programs are offered and existing teams welcomed. Registration will be held at the Bernalillo Recreational Center off Calle Don Tomas in Bernalillo. For further information, contact club registrar Anna Marie Cruz at 771-8366.

 

Overnight Relay for Life to fight cancer

On July 25 and 26, Bernalillo High School will host the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. This overnight family event will celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle with cancer, and provide a way for everyone to fight against cancer.

Teams can be of any size and come from businesses, civic organizations, churches, families, youth groups, cancer survivors, and others. Registration is $10 per team member and includes a tee-shirt.

Music, entertainment, activities, games, and food will be provided all night long. The Relay for Life begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, July 25, and continues until 10:00 a.m. the next morning.

The kickoff barbecue held last week was a great success.

Please call Janette Perez at 867-7410 for further information about the formation of teams and any other questions.

 

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