My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

By Fiona Lamb, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate When I was in second grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia and was far behind my classmates in regards to reading proficiency. I was lucky.  I had access to the support I needed to perform well in school from then on.  However, I know that many children in Santa Fe are unable to …

Beads and Seeds- An insight into the 1st week of Community Educators Network Summer Programming

Kemely Gomez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate        Community Educators Network Summer Program- Week 1 The City of Santa Fe and the Community Educators Network are collaborating to provide a fun and enriching Summer Program!  It’s taking place at two sites, El Camino Real Academy and Sweeney Elementary School, and has started with a full range of exciting and …

Parents helping their schools make decisions! (English y Espanol)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA During the month of May, nearly 50 parents and grandparents from four Santa Fe Public Schools attended forums to share about their experiences with SFPS. Crystal Ybarra, SFPS District Social Worker, organized the forums and plans to use the feedback to create priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Forums took place at Capital High School, El …

The Festival of Learning

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA According to Wikipedia a festival “is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or cultures.” What I particularly like about this definition is that it’s defined as an event celebrated by a community. If you search the word festival on either Marriam-Webster or …

Introducing the fun of math at Math Power Family Night

By Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA and Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined the resources of community partnerships with captivating math activities, you would have found your answer at Sweeney Elementary on May 3 at Math Power Family Night, an event sponsored by MathAmigos*. A communal celebration of the STEM field was …

The Tech Corridor Addition

By Molly Timmins and Louise Majorey The Opportunity Santa Fe’s AmeriCorps VISTAs assisted the TechHire collaborative working group in organizing a portion of and get the word out about the 2018 Business Expo and Job Fair sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, on April 5 from 10-4pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Louise Majorey, AmeriCorps VISTA supporting …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. Late Sunday morning, …

MathAmigos’ Math Teacher Workshop #2

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader MathAmigos held an exciting second Math Teacher Workshop on February 24th at the Higher Education Center. For this workshop, teachers asked for additional resources and games focused on teaching fractions to their 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The dedicated community partners and SFPS staff on the MathAmigos team sure did deliver! Teachers rotated between …