Last week I expressed my pride at how successful our PED – APS visitation was. This week, I want to share with you how proud I am of three groups of Taylor students who are making a difference in Albuquerque and the world.
Our 6th-7th Grade Orchestra students under the guidance of Ms. Stefanova have started a special project to help the community and other children through music. The idea started as a 6th grade class discussion. Students will be playing at the McDonald House – part of UNM Hospital. The event will take place on April 24th.
Students are raising money for the Deputy James McGrane Officer Survival Training program. Thanks to the initiative of 6th grader Ben Duck and his mom, all monies will go to help this worthy effort. The class that raises the most money will get a K9 demo from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, go to www.deputymcgrane.com.
Eighth graders in Mr. Williams’ science class are going to be selling Otter Pops starting mid-April to raise money to help water purification efforts in the Third World. Funds raised will help purchase PUR packets as explained in the 2-27-09 issue of Current Science magazine. It was developed by Proctor and Gamble toxicologist Greg Allgood. One $1.50 packet purifies 10 liters of dirty water.
One thing which helps students feel connected to school is participating in a cause greater than themselves. I applaud the efforts of our community-minded students and sponsors. I invite parents and guardians to financially support these worthy efforts.