Silver City, NM — Freeport-McMoRan, Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant County (HKHC), The Volunteer Center (TVC) and the Wildlife Habitat Council are partnering to build pollinator habitat in Grant County and educate the public on why preserving and increasing pollinator habitat is so important. "There is no food growing without birds, bees and butterflies so it is imperative that we have abundant, preferably native habitat, to attract these critical pollinators, according to Alicia Edwards, Coordinator for HKHC.
Throughout history, Western New Mexico University students have spent their free time lending helping hands and exploring the big, wide world.
The Grant County DWI Prevention Program and Aldo Leopold Charter School teamed up last week to combat Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day. Students in Allison Heneghan's two health classes participated in a duo of activities to educate youth about the impact of tobacco use and the health effects of smoking.
As part of the Grant County DWI "Making Healthy Life Choices" prevention program in Mr. Dunlap's 7th grade class at La Plata Middle School, students got to choose a community service activity. This year's class chose to do a food drive for the Silver City Gospel Mission and collected 300 pounds of food, to donate. On March 8, 2018, the students, along with school and Grant County DWI Prevention Program staff, delivered the food to the Gospel Mission. Students were given a tour of the facility, as well as a presentation regarding services available at the shelter and how they can make a difference by speaking up and helping those in need.
The Silver City Rotary Club's Valentine's Dinner at the Bear Mountain Lodge was not only a social event, but was also designed as a fundraiser in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grant County.
At a club meeting on March 27th, Mark Richard, the organizer of the event, presented a check from the fundraiser proceeds in the amount of $2,500 to Dawn Starostka, Big Brothers Big Sisters regional director. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has only recently returned to Grant County, and Ms. Starostka expressed her thanks in behalf of the program for this big show of support.
In the above picture are Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, from left, front row, Khloe McDowell, Katie Martinez, Teagan McDowell; middle row, from left, Hayli Mc Dowell, Ashtyn McDowell, Hailey McKinney, Abbi Bratcher; and back row are Lili Zacharias, Lilli Elizaldi, Veyda Pitts, and Emma Smith. They are from troop #54311 from the Cliff Schools. They met March 15 with area Membership Manager Annette Toney, who is helping them on some new badge work. Second and third graders worked on steps towards the Badge My Best Self, 4-5 grade earned steps towards Staying Fit Badge, and 6th grade and up worked on a badge called Eating For Beauty. They also completed a hiking first aid kit that included band aids, cotton balls, alcohol swabs, chap stick, and other items that all fit in a small bag to go in their pocket to help with small wounds. All this is provided by a recent grant from United Way of Southwest New Mexico for a program called "My Best Self" in which girls are learning to better themselves. Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstances, we help them learn to be safe, think for themselves, and lead the way for others. For more information on Girl Scouts call Annette Toney at 538-2481.
Diamonds at Dawn, the sequel to Catalina Claussen's award-winning debut young adult novel, Diamonds at Dusk, was released on March 9 with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. Claussen says this novel series originated from her obsession with young adult literature and the nagging feeling that much of this genre portrays the lives of urban teens. "There are so many rural teens who search for literature that reflects their experiences, living down dusty dirt roads, surrounded by wild things."
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