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Achievers Casting Call to Help Youth in Saguache Today

Alpine Achievers Initiative is looking for AmeriCorps members to serve youth in the San Luis Valley during the 2016-2017 school year. According to their website, The Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI) AmeriCorps Program is designed to promote the academic, physical and social well-being of the youth in the San Luis Valley.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps members come from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps members come from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Schools in the San Luis Valley work hard to do their best with minimal funding in one of the most rural areas of the country. Many students come from low-income families and school is their main resource. But time, money, personnel and energy at Saguache schools can often run thin and students wind up without all the support they need.

Having AAI AmeriCorps members in these schools brings in extra adults to serve students, provide healthy role modeling, offer learning opportunities and inspire students. The presence of AAI AmeriCorps members in these school communities takes some of the burden off of school staff, helps struggling students get up to grade level, enhances activities that the schools can offer, reduces behavioral issues and, ultimately, enhances student success.

Alpine Achievers Initiative currently has 12 AmeriCorps members serving in three rural schools in the Northern San Luis Valley: Mountain Valley School in Saguache, Moffat School and Crestone Charter School. If you are an administrator of an SLV school and would like Alpine Achievers Initiative to provide AmeriCorps Members to serve in your school, please contact Megan Strauss at (719) 221-9480 to learn more and acquire an application packet.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps help the youth of Saguache who enjoy a nice summer day in the park. Photo: Saguache Today.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps help the youth of Saguache who enjoy a nice summer day in the park last year. Photo: Saguache Today.

The two primary objectives of this program are to provide 1) math and literacy interventions to students performing below proficiency in school and 2) intentional out-of-school programming to youth after school, on Fridays and throughout the summer. AmeriCorps members will be placed at Crestone Charter School, Moffat School, Del Norte School or Mountain Valley School, each which are small k-12 schools located in rural communities throughout the San Luis Valley.

It’s the perfect opportunity for recent college graduates, individuals in transition or students taking a gap year!

CONTACT

Alpine Achievers Initiative
Megan Strauss, Director
PO Box 399, Saguache, CO 81149
(719) 221-9480
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Foster Care Needed in Valley for Week, or More

Throughout the San Luis Valley there is a great and growing need for foster families. And there are many options for you to help. Sometimes, it’s about taking in a child for a week over the summer break, while other situations require a more long-term commitment to a child.

Foster Family ♥

Foster Family ♥ lives in the San Luis Valley today!

But either way, the truth is that more children from our counties are in foster care outside of the San Luis Valley than within. Most agree that children in these situations thrive closer to their “roots,” rather than being fostered to a city further away. Therefore if you feel you might be called to this work, or would like info about foster care, contact Mary Morin at 719-580-6234.

The word “foster” means to help someone grow and develop. It also means to take care of someone’s needs. Foster parents are people – other than a kid’s parents – who give a kid a safe place to live and grow. Foster parents take kids into their homes and take care of them for as long as kids need.

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Volunteer in Saguache and Save Big Bucks!

There are many benefits to volunteering in your community, from feeling helpful to getting out and socializing with your neighbors. And now there’s one more reason to give of your time in Saguache Today!

There are many benefits to volunteering and now Saguache Works has added one more with a 20% discount for those giving more than 3 hours of their time every week. Photo: Saguache Today

There are many benefits to volunteering and now Saguache Works has added one more with a 20% discount for those giving more than 3 hours of their time every week. Photo: Saguache Today

In an effort to encourage folks to share in the stewardship of Saguache Works, they are now offering regular volunteers a 20% discount on both food and thrift store purchases.

Volunteers who help out for at least one 3-hour shift per week at Blue Earth Thrift and the 4th Street Food Store are eligible for the discount. Both morning and afternoon shifts are available, and you have your choice of working up front at the cash register or helping to sort and organize merchandise in the back.

Please stop by, at 404 4th Street in downtown Saguache, or call 719-655-0216 for more information.

The 4th Street Food Store provides residents with fresh, healthy food options, and volunteer opportunities. Photo: Saguache Today

The 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache provides residents with fresh, healthy food, and volunteer opportunities. Photo: Saguache Today

With additional volunteer support, Saguache Works is hoping to expand their hours of operation, keeping the nonprofit stores open until at least 5 p.m. weekdays to accommodate shoppers who work until 4 p.m.

In every way possible, the 4th Street Food Store is there to satisfy your needs for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They welcome community input on their ever-expanding product inventory. What are your needs? Stop in and let us know.

Bulk order are welcome, as well, at cost + 10%. Split a case with a friend or we might be able to split it with you. Order by noon on Sunday for weekly delivery on Thursday mornings.

Warmer weather has arrived so stop in for a variety of healthy snacks, drinks or treats while you are out and about. These friendly folks look forward to seeing you soon.

 

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