Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Historical photos and memorabilia items capturing the legacy of Chicano music artists from the Grant County area were recently donated to the Silver City Museum in an agreement signed by the museum and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard. Photos of bands and singers who performed in Grant County from the post World War II era to 2013 are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. According to Jackie Becker, Curator of Collections and Photo Archivist, the donation is the cornerstone of the collection of photos and stories depicting the history of the diverse local culture.
Free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are back. Stop by the Office of Sustainability at 1106 N. Pope St. There are usually open Monday through Thursday between 8:30 and 4:30. You can also pick up a free reusable shopping bag. For additional information call the office at 575-519-8987. The bulb give-away is made possible by Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM, to help people save money on their electric bill and save energy. The cost of electricity to light one of the free CFL bulbs for three hours a day is $2.41 per year but a standard 75 watt bulb would cost you $9.03. Plus the CFL bulbs should last over nine years.
The results of the Youth Risk Resiliency Survey were recently given to the community. The survey gauges the healthy, and not-so-healthy, behaviors of Middle and High School Students Across the Nation, and both Silver and Cobre Schools participated in the survey. The survey in Grant County shows a continued decline in self-reported risky behaviors, including alcohol use, school violence, and suicide attempts. However, there has also been an increase in youth reporting tobacco use, and the use of prescription pain killers. The survey results are available at 111.youthrisk.org.
Aldo Leopold Charter School is one of fourteen schools across the nation to be awarded a LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP) to develop, pilot, and share promising strategies to strengthen connected and deeper learning. The LRNG Innovation Challenge is a new program sponsored in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign. LRNG is a new initiative that invests in forward-looking schools and teachers to design innovative projects that take advantage of new technology to support students’ creativity. Aldo Leopold plans to use the new funds to expand time and space for young people in our community to engage in production-centered, interest-driven learning by coordinating community wide afterschool programs and an eight week “Summer of Science” program that is focusing on STEM education.