There is a famous quote from Hellen Keller that reminds us important work is rarely the task of one person. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” are the words Keller shared as a reminder when situations get tough.
Las Cruces Public Schools is fortunate for the opportunity to collaborate with many successful partnerships over the years. Last week, we joined the Gadsden Independent School District and Hatch Valley Schools to launch a countywide effort to support our students any way we can. Check In With Your Kids Week was intended to carry on indefinitely and serves as a reminder that our children need the community to rally behind them for success in remote learning. They need us to cheer them on during Zoom meetings and virtual tutoring. They need to know that no matter what happens in the world outside, they are cared for and we will make sure they are okay. It is a lofty endeavor and would not have been possible without the efforts of our partners in the Gadsden and Hatch public school districts, the city and the county, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, and many other civic organizations who are behind this.
If your children joined any of the online tutoring programs offered this semester, it is thanks to the City of Las Cruces, the SUCCESS Partnership, Ngage New Mexico, our LCPS Student Advisory Councils and a host of other partners throughout the community who have stepped up to help students. Our teachers are always generous with their time outside of instruction to provide one-on-one virtual tutoring sessions during office hours, but we would never be able to meet the need without the selfless efforts of these other nonprofit and government agencies working together.
One of the most critical areas of need among Doña Ana County families is food disparity, and while our Thanksgiving tables will be much smaller this year, we cannot overlook those in our community who depend on places like Casa de Peregrinos, FYI and LCPS for their holiday meals. Our federal programs staff work diligently to connect homeless and migrant students with resources for food, clothing and hygiene products. We could not do that work alone and depend on those valuable partnerships. Thank you for all you do.
Another partnership LCPS joined earlier in the year is the Joint Information Center, a city/county communication team through the Office of Emergency Management that coordinates local updates as they pertain to the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, LCPS was part of a one-minute public service announcement urging everyone to do their part in practicing strict safety measures so we can get businesses open and our students back in the classroom. You can see the PSA on our district social media pages, on the City of Las Cruces website and on CLC-TV, Comcast cable channel 20.
As you gather with those in your household this Thanksgiving, please keep these safety measures in mind. Your extended families depend on it, along with our business community and our students. We might be physically distant, but together we can do so much.
Dr. Karen Trujillo, Superintendent at Las Cruces Public Schools