wnmu school supply drive for palomas children

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#1 Apr 17, 2011
Press Release from La Luz de La Esperanza Palomas Outreach:
WNMU School Supply Drive for Palomas Children
Starts April 18th!

Dr. Alexandra Neves, a professor in the Bilingual/TESOL program with the School of Education at Western New Mexico University in Silver City is sponsoring a school supply drive for the children of Palomas, Chihuahua, at our border with Mexico.

Dr. Neves says she was inspired by her own experiences with children who were not able to attend school in her home country Brazil, and the efforts of the Palomas Outreach to help keep Palomas kids in school by distributing not only food to defray their parents' expenses, but school supplies.

"Knowing the impact education can have in these children's lives," Dr. Neves says,"will always be a source of inspiration for me."

Dr. Neves invites the WNMU university community, and the towns of Silver City, Bayard and Hurley to come forward to participate in the drive.

"Many children in Palomas stop going to school because families cannot pay for school supplies," she explains. "I believe, since they're just across the border from one of the richest nations in the world, we all owe this issue great consideration. Education is the great equalizer."

The drive will take place at the main office (2nd floor Martinez-Fall building) in the School of Education at Western New Mexico University, starting Monday April 18th and ending Thursday May 12,th the last day of classes at WNMU.

A similar drive will take place at New Mexico State University, sponsored by Professor Spencer Herrera, who can be contacted at spencer@nmsu.edu.

The goal of the Palomas Outreach is to distribute 1000 school supply packets.

All supplies will be distributed by the Palomas Outreach directly to children at schools inside Palomas shortly after school starts fall of 2011.

Dr. Neves says her message, along with some of the other faculty members, to the children of Palomas is: "We're happy we can help! Be smart, do your best, keep your minds open and have fun in school!"

For more information about the WNMU drive, please e-mail Dr. Neves at nevesa@wnmu.edu.

For other questions concerning the work of the Palomas Outreach, or for an e-mail copy of supplies needed, contact
the Palomas Outreach coordinator at childrenofpalomas@yahoo.com.

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