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Assets in Action: Making the world a little brighter for those around you

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The asset of the week is about other adult relationships. I always like to point out that there are assets that everyone needs to continue to acquire and this is one of them.
Think about the friends or other adults in your life that you enjoy being around the most. Now consider if the youth in your life have those relationships, too.
There are many people in this community that seem to make the world a better place, or at the very least, make your day a little brighter just because you had a chance to spend some time with them.
Let me pick on just a few of my favorites.
Morrie Pongratz is one of my favorites. Although he would never correct you, his name is pronounced Pongratz, not Pongrantz or any number of variations that I hear. Pongratz is the consummate kid-friendly guy. He lights up a room when kids are in it and can engage anyone from eight months to 18 years old. He’s there at the drop of a hat when it relates to kids and when asked, he not only steps up to the plate, but also will carry it for you.
Jenn Bartram is the Juntos coordinator and the facilitator for a class called, “Girl’s Circle.” She is a coordinator extraordinaire and has a teen-friendly personality that seems to be lacking in a great number of adults. Bartram is one adult you want involved in your child’s life, especially if that child is a girl. She relates to kids in a rare way and teaches classes on behalf of JJAB at Family Strengths Network.
Megan Pfeffer, RN and local Public Health Office nurse is another favorite. Hopefully your kids can come to you about anything, but whether they can or can’t, she’s the resource of a lifetime. While public health offices often get a bad rap for being a one-stop shop for condoms and birth control, Pfeffer looks at the whole child. She’s concerned with what makes teens tick. She offers advice from abstinence to stress and depression with the most non-judgmental bedside manner that you can imagine.
As you can see, we have some great folks in this community and they exist everywhere from custodians to bus drivers.
This week, please show the Los Alamos Middle School students that you are an adult who cares by donating a small number of bulbs for their annual pledge garden planting next week. As budgets tighten, we hope even a few
community members will consider a small donation. Call us at 661-4846 or drop them by the school.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets In Action.