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Photo credit: —Suzann Owings

Cub Scouts get fingerprinted at Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office and learn about police work.

Scouts say: Look for the yellow boxes

—Suzann Owings

“Look for our Yellow Boxes!” yell the cub scouts of Pack 708. Pack Master David Gardner will make certain their yellow collection boxes are placed in businesses and community buildings in Bernalillo, Placitas, and northeastern Rio Rancho.

“Fill them up,” say the Cub Scouts who will collect non-perishable food stuffs. The collections will end November 14. That food will then be packaged for families for Thanksgiving, delivered on November 17.

“Thanks to the community’s generosity, last year we distributed more than double our original goal,” says Snow Watson, last year’s Coronado Optimist Club President. “We hope to exceed that goal again this year.”

In October, the Scouts visited the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department, got fingerprinted, and learned about police work. They also participated in the Placitas star gazing party. 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.


New Mexico ranks dead last in child well-being

—NM Voices for Children

The 2013 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book, released in early 2014, at the state Capitol, recommends policy changes to address New Mexico’s fall to fiftieth in the nation in child well-being. The annual report tracks child well-being by providing data on important indicators such as child poverty, child maltreatment rates, math and reading proficiency, teen birth rates by race/ethnicity, and more. A new section tracks the 16 indicators used in the national 2013 Kids Count Data Book, ranks New Mexico counties on the indicators, and suggests policy solutions.

The report was released as part of Celebrating Children and Youth Day at the state Capitol. The release also included a launch of NM Voices’ NM Kids Are Counting on Us Campaign, which asks people to become citizen co-sponsors of the NM Kids Are Counting On Us Policy agenda. It’s all part of a larger effort to press policy makers into action.

“It’s time for the Executive and Legislative branches to launch a coordinated, comprehensive effort to improve child well-being. Corporate well-being has been a big concern in the last few sessions, with the state giving out hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks, while our children suffer. It’s time to put New Mexico kids first,” said Dr. Garcia.

More information on the Citizen Co-Sponsor campaign is available at: www.nmvoices.org.

 
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