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Pack 708 visited Bernalillo Elementary School’s Open House to recruit new friends. During their down time, Mr. Gardner taught them knot tying.
Photo credit: —Susann Owings

Holiday sharing begins

—Suzann Owings

“Our yellow boxes will be located in Bernalillo, Algodones, Rio Rancho, and Placitas,” says Pack Master David Gardner. The boys will decorate cardboard boxes with yellow butcher paper that have “thank you” printed in large letters.

The scouts want to thank the community for sharing their bounty with others during their Thanksgiving Share Project, done in conjunction with the Coronado Optimist Club.

The yellow boxes for non-perishable food donations will be placed at the post offices in Bernalillo and Placitas, and several other locations around town.

On the Fridays from October 9 until November 13, the boxes will be emptied to make room for the next week’s donations. During the weekend of November 13 to November 15, the food will be sorted and boxed.

Using lists provided by the school counselors, on November 16, the Bernalillo Police Department will deliver gift boxes of food to the schools, where families wishing to share in the community’s bounty for Thanksgiving will receive their gift boxes.

Additional volunteers are always needed for this annual project. Volunteers and those wishing to make additional donations may contact Venus Sanford at 235-6812. New scout members are welcome at Pack meetings on Wednesdays at the Railrunner Station in Bernalillo from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Pack meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Pack’s meeting schedule will remain the same through the school year.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 and/or Snow Watson at 867-2047.


Senate Youth Program open to high school students

Our New Mexico senators encourage outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two New Mexico students will be selected to join 102 other delegates at the program’s 54th annual Washington Week in March of 2016. During their all expenses paid trip, New Mexico’s representatives will learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate and federal government. Additionally, each selected participant will receive a five thousand dollar college scholarship.

The delegate selection is administered by each state’s chief school officer, in cooperation with high school principals. Delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected student officers for the 2015-2016 academic year, and they must reside in the state where they attend school. Applications from New Mexico students are due by October 9, and the names of selected students will be formally announced mid-December.

A 2016 brochure with further information and detailed rules about the selection process can be found at www.ussenateyouth.org. The application for New Mexico students is available at www.nmassp.org/id14.html.

 
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