Thanksgiving wishes to community

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For our partners and everyone at the Community Programs Office:
This week, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office (CPO) and our partners are busy working to meet specific programmatic requirements and then doing double duty to help with our seasonal community initiatives, including the Food Drive, Wreaths Across America, Take a Turkey to Work and LANL’s Employee Giving Campaign. Needless to say, it’s a very busy time for everyone.  
This is also a week when many travel and take time with family members to reflect on our lives and give thanks for all of our blessings. Since fiscal year 2013 has been filled with many positive results, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a safety message and a few words of gratitude.
First, I want to thank everyone — day in and day out — you make it your highest priority to further the vision of vibrant and sustainable community programs, strengthening relationships and building active support for the lab. Furthermore, I’d like to thank you for your dedication serving the people of Northern New Mexico.
Please also join me in saying thank you to our neighbors, who work in collaboration with us to provide a more coordinated approach to economic development, education and community giving.
Thank you to our school district superintendents and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation for supporting inquiry math and science and teacher development in our schools.
Thank you to the Regional Development Corporation for helping work toward a diverse and growing economy in Northern New Mexico.
Thank you to the United Way organizations for supporting the Community Action Fund, early childhood development, and nonprofit organizations in Northern New Mexico.
And thank you to local universities for helping build the workforce of the future.
And, most importantly, many thanks to each of you. It’s an honor to serve with you.
On behalf of our entire team, we wish you and your family the safest and happiest of Thanksgivings.

Kurt Steinhaus
Director, Community Programs Office
Los Alamos National Laboratory