A lesson in equality and social justice

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, Assets In Action focuses on asset number 27, equality and social justice. This means that a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
This couldn’t come at a better time because the month of March usually finds Assets In Action working with the local schools and a March on Hunger.
This year, Los Alamos Middle School, along with Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementary schools, are working to benefit a local food program and to support a LAMS student project to benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
Earlier this year, the students worked to spread the word in an effort to increase the sale of Friends Of the Shelter calendars, and now works to aid in the collection of collars and leashes to benefit the organization, too. Community members are asked to Pause for Paws and March on Hunger alongside youth to benefit children and pets throughout the community and region.
Piñon and Barranca elementary schools are already hard at work collecting similar items to benefit additional organizations. The truth is, it doesn’t matter who the good deeds benefit, as long as we teach children how they can help their fellow man and beast.
Students and adults would be shocked to know that the number of local families in need has increased over the last few years. A number of students come to Los Alamos Public Schools throughout the course of a week without breakfast or lunch.
School counselors do their best to assist students and families to fill the gap when ends don’t meet. Often people aren’t aware of programs or projects available for assistance.
Worldwide organizations like Heifer International can be used to help teach youth about the needs that can be filled globally.
A friend, upon turning 40, requested any gift donations be made to Heifer in the form of the giver. A $40 donation could buy a village a flock of chicks, ducks or geese that could be used to teach small communities about raising eggs. A slightly larger amount could buy honeybees, a trio of rabbits, a goat or cow.
The gifts come with the educational tools to teach people how to better their lives. Based on the old adage, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” See what you can do and you just might help a child to change the world someday.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets Coordinator for Los Alamos, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Donations of cash, canned goods or pet supplies can be taken to the Chamber of Commerce or AM 1490, KRSN, located near Conoco Hill. If you need a pick up or delivery, call 661-4846.