Assets in Action: Thanks for all those who helped throughout school year

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Wow, I can’t believe the final week of school has arrived.
I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Asset Champions that have made so many Assets related projects come to fruition.
Those that have helped me along the way include; Aspen Elementary School’s Tammy Moore, Barranca Elementary School’s Kay Sawdener, Chamisa Elementary School’s Valerie Adams-Harris, Mountain Elementary School’s Scott Johnson, Piñon Elementary School’s Karen Forsyth, Los Alamos Middle School’s Dawn Barr and Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Boerigter.
Our final push has included food drives with Aspen, Chamisa, Mountain, Piñon and LAMS.
The results were feeding families struggling through financial issues, feeding hungry school aged children, and large-scale project that will feed a large number of families throughout the summer when school programs are not available.
Thanks to Tom Nagawiecki for supporting our effort by allowing us to use new recycle bins.
Chamisa and Mountain both took part in a last ditch effort to build the bonding to school Asset with crafty projects that will beautify the school even after students have grown.
We also worked with LAHS AP Psych students, at their lunch on the lawn, playing games and handing out information with the help of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs office.
This summer we will work with local businesses to boost their appeal and add to the Assets knowledge base.
We hope to work with Youth Business Grant winners to promote their businesses and teach the framework to help them build business relationships.
We will wrap up the year putting plans in place for the new school year.
We already know we will continue our partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools for great projects like Change of Heart, a variety of Hubba Bubba awards and Cookies and Conversation.
We look forward to getting out more and different information in the new school year and impress upon the old adage that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
I hope you will try everyday to build Assets in youth, neighborhoods and throughout the community.
A fond good luck to our graduating seniors, I hope as a community we have served you well.
Assets In Action is a community-building program of the JJAB and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.