Show your Topper spirit

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, we salute the Bonding to School asset, number 24.
I like to connect the community in the spirit of homecoming, during this week.
I did not grow up here, I did not attend the schools here, but I feel connected to them because of my children.
When I am at Chamisa Elementary, I am, indeed, a Cheetah. Although I do not currently have students in the middle school, I do a great deal of work with students and staff and when there, I feel like a Hawk. Finally I feel like a ’Topper and proudly wear my #16 jersey and soon, a delighful T-shirt, representing the NJROTC unit.
This week, we can all feel like ’Toppers as we view their spirit days from afar, take part in the LAYL bonfire, watch the parade or attend or listen to the football game.
This week, we can all take pride in the accomplishments of students, whether they are in the ’Topper band, part of the unit of Navy Color Guard or the elementary-age students that will sell cotton candy during the football game to raise money for physical education programs. Go Mr. Black!
This past week, we also celebrated the honor of receiving the award for one of the 100 BEST Communities for Young people from America’s Promise and ING.
Dr. Gene Schmidt, former County Councilor Ron Selvage and UNM-LA’s Kate Massengale and Beverly Kay Willerton each worked with me on a section of the application that allowed us to receive recognition that will allow the schools, the laboratory and the county to sing our praises.
Students Keanna Cohen and Jin Park wrote 1,000-word essays about our community that would amaze you. I plan to read every word of their work, next Monday between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on KRSN. If you don’t get a chance to hear them, ask me to show you a copy.
Youth Kelley Kramer took the time to answer questions about youth driven projects at LAHS that I believe, tipped the scale in our favor.
It brought home the words to me of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Teach your children not to let someone keep them from their goals when they know it is the right thing to do.
This little project may not change the world, but it just highlighted the work of many wonderful programs that don’t always see the light of day.
The trophy for the 100 BEST will travel to each school site in the district for one week. That plan kicked off last Thursday at Los Alamos Middle School, will be presented to county council next week and the Los Alamos Board of Education in early October.
Assets In Action is a program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.