It Takes More Than a Village, It Takes a Community

by Sarah Raine Cheney | AmeriCorps VISTA, Team Leader We are familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” While it may be cliche, it holds a lot of truth. One of Santa Fe’s strengths as a community is our “village ability”. At Opportunity Santa Fe we see people and organizations coming together across all sectors …

After-school In the Gardens

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCoprs VISTA What’s more exciting for students than taking a break from the classroom? Getting out of their desks and putting their hands straight into the dirt! This became a reality for students who attend Sweeney Elementary’ s after-school program on a sunny September afternoon. When I arrived at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, students and after-school …

MathAmigos Inspiring Teachers

by Penny Holcomb, AmeriCorps VISTA On Saturday, October 20, MathAmigos hosted a day-long workshop for 27 teachers from the five Airport Road corridor schools: Sweeney Elementary, El Camino Real Academy, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Ramirez Thomas Elementary, and Nina Otero Community School. The collaborative working group’s goal was to empower teachers to inspire their students to love math. This workshop was …

A Room to Read

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA Amidst the flurry of fall leaves and the bustle of tourists enjoying our downtown plaza, 64 third graders from Sweeney Elementary eagerly filed off their buses and into the beautiful halls of the Inn of the Anasazi. The children whispered in excitement as they walked through the halls and into the cozy arrangement that awaited …

They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator Growing up I always volunteered– through Key Club, Circle K International, Kiwanis and with numerous nonprofits across New York, Maryland, and New Mexico. By being a part of a service club, it made finding volunteer opportunities that matched my interests and skills, easy and accessible. However, for others, finding the right fit outside …

Every Day Matters – Attendance Counts!

by Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA Hello September! For me, September brings to mind cool mornings and the start of pumpkin season. It also means that school is back in full swing. The routines that we begin early in the school year can determine what kind of year we’ll have. School attendance is an indicator of many measures of academic success …

Summer of Literacy

Desta Shaw, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate During the time I was a summer VISTA I worked at May Center Elementary School. May Center serves exceptional students from preschool through eighth grade, specializing in those with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorders. They strive for their students to be seen and heard with about five to seven …

Ready, Set, Read!

By Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA For volunteers who arrived early Sunday morning to set up the Community Book Swap at the Santa Fe Place Mall, it seemed as if the stream of book boxes being unloaded would never end! While the majority of books from the March swap were generated from donation boxes placed in local schools, facilitating book collections …

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César Chávez Open House

By: Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA On August 13, 2018, César Chávez Elementary School rang in the new school year with a special evening dedicated to the families within the Tierra Contenta community. At Monday’s Open House, students and parents were invited to explore the campus, and mingle with teachers as a way to help envision the learning environment, and more …

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 …