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Debbie Stueber

“Miss Debbie” Stueber with her “munchkins,” as she affectionately calls the children of the Mother’s Day Out program. Photo credit: —Rachel Hall

Placitas honors “Miss Debbie” as a community treasure

—Shara Moscinska

Most community residents with children know Deborah Stueber, Program Director of Mother’s Day Out (MDO) at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC). Affectionately known as “Miss Debbie,” she has been providing the children from the greater Placitas area with a safe and loving environment for twenty years. Miss Debbie has nurtured generations of children with her unique brand of goodness, love, and upbeat, responsible care. Her dedication and loving service has ensured quality childcare for area children, respite and support for parents and caregivers, and stability and strength for our community as a whole.

MDO Board President Andrea Walters sums up well the personal impact Miss Debbie has on families: “I know that each of us remembers that first day we left our child at MDO, that hesitation we felt at parting, Debbie reassuring us that all would be well. And she was right. All was well that day and every day after because Debbie was there.”

In honor of Miss Debbie, MDO is hosting a twenty-year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 2, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the LPPC. Past, present, and future MDO families are all invited to share food, fun, and community. Giggles the Clown will be performing at 2:15 p.m. with a ceremony to honor Miss Debbie to follow at 3:30 p.m.

MDO also gratefully acknowledges Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which established MDO as an outreach program in 1989, for its generous support that has allowed the MDO program to remain affordable and positively impact the lives of so many children and families over the years.

New families are invited to the celebration to learn more about the MDO program, which currently has openings for children ages eighteen months to pre-K and runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (before and after-care is available). The primary mission of MDO is to provide children with a safe and loving environment in which to learn to play with one another, to share, and to have fun. Miss Debbie provides consistent, full-time care, with parents volunteering on a rotating basis approximately once a month so there are always two adults supervising the children. Activities offered in this mixed-age class include puzzles, play dough, coloring, games, music, books, field trips, and guest presentations. The LPPC grounds provide a beautiful setting for walks and a secure outdoor playground area.

Call Miss Debbie at 867-5718 for more information on enrolling your child into this exceptional program.

Placitas Cub Scouts

Placitas Cub Scouts (l. to r.) Francisco Baldonado, Amren Hartleigh, and Andres Vigil-Gurule strengthen their kicks while having fun in Denise and Michael Volkman's swimming pool.
Photo credit: Suzann Owings

Cub Scouts splash into summer fun

“Plans have made for a very fun summer for Pack 708,” says Jessica Olona, one of the parents guiding Placitas’s cub scouts. She shared information about the Pack’s monthly meetings while watching the boys swim at the Volkmans’ pool. 

June will find the boys on a fishing adventure. They will go on a picnic in July, and a hike in August. Over Labor Day weekend, they will have a campout at the Baca Ranch in Algodones.

Attending the scout’s week-long day camp this summer is another goal for the pack. Cub Master David Gardener says they are planning fundraising activities to pay for the boys’ camp fees.

The parents and boys of Pack 708 were especially appreciative of Placitans Denise and Michael Volkman for the generous use of their indoor swimming pool on May 18, a very windy and fun-filled afternoon.

For further information, please contact Snow Watson, president of the Optimist Club de Sandoval and the Cub Scouts’ sponsoring organization at 867-2047.

Social Security reveals the most popular baby names in New Mexico for 2011

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in New Mexico for 2011.

The top five boys names were:
1) Jacob; 2) Elijah; 3) Michael; 4) Aiden; 5) Noah.

The top five girls names were:
1) Sophia; 2) Isabella; 3) Mia; 4) Nevaeh; 5) Emma.

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