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sharenm.org                                                                     September 2018
Back to School

Our students are back in school, and our schools are back at work educating our students. For most schools, this includes making sure students have the resources they need to be active, alert, and focused on learning. Here's what our communities are doing to support students, families and schools.

Begin the Day with Breakfast

According to NM Appleseed, nearly 30% of NM children live in households without adequate food. To help address this challenge, Appleseed NM was instrumental in passing the nation's first " Breakfast After the Bell" law, enabling children at high poverty elementary schools, Head Start programs and state-funded pre-kindergarten programs to access a nutritious breakfast during the first few minutes of the instructional day. More students are eating breakfast and they are better able to focus on their studies.

Breakfast After the Bell is one of several options available to schools, funded by the NM Public Education Department's School Breakfast Program

Other family members can find free or low-cost food by searching SHARE's Resource DIrectory. Add your location (city, county, zip code) to this search for food resources. 
I can see clearly now ....

If you can't see well, it's hard to learn. That's why Brenda Dunn, Program Manager at NM Lions Operation KidSight, Inc. ( NMLOK), wants all NM parents, teachers, and school nurses to know about their free vision screenings and eyeglass vouchers. NMLOK provides annual eye screening and follow-up eye exams and treatment (if needed) for young children ages 3-7 in NM. If the family can't afford the follow-up, the program will assist in providing an eye exam and a voucher for eyeglasses.

While it's important to catch and treat vision problems as early as possible, NMLOK has partnered with NM Dept. of Health to administer the Save Our Children's Sight Fund which can provide financial assistance for students 2nd through 12th grade for an exam and glasses if they are not covered by Medicaid or insurance. 

New Mexico's child care centers, preschools, and public, private and parochial schools can request free vision screening services for their students. Currently 26 NMLOKS vision screening teams across New Mexico offer vision screening services. During the 2017-18 school year, over 42,000 children were screened, and 8,000+ were referred for an eye exam.   For more information, visit NMLOK's profile page or website.   
"Homework"

More than ever, schools are called upon to address the needs that their students bring into the classroom from home and community. And then there are those students who have no home.

During the 2016-2017 school year NM's public schools served nearly 11,500 students who had no safe or secure homes. While these students are enrolling in schools around the state, the largest numbers are enrolling in Albuquerque and Santa Fe public schools, who together account for 40% of the students. 

Santa Fe's Adelante Program provides a range of services to 1,700 students and their families who are experiencing homeless. T he organization approaches child homelessness from a social justice viewpoint and focuses on empowering family members to reach their goals and develop their leadership skills. Adelante also plays a crucial role in educating the community about child homelessness, and advocates for supportive local, state and national policies.

Recently, SHARE New Mexico was awarded a grant from the LANL Foundation to provide the Adelante program with a customized subscription and support to maximize their use of SHARE's Resource Directory. We feel privileged to join with the Adelante staff, students, families and community partners in this important work. For more information, contact Wendy@ShareNM.org.

Transitions

SHARE bids a fond farewell to New Mexico's Founding Director, Debi Randall, who is moving on to serve our community as a member of the Community Relations team at Wells Fargo. Debi has been responsible for building -- and rebuilding -- the SHARE website since December 2009. We thank her sincerely for all she has done for us and wish her all the best in her new position.
Upcoming Events on SHARE Calendars
(Visit County calendars at SHARE New Mexico for details on each event)

**September is National Recovery Month**
Find a recovery event near you: https://recoverymonth.gov/events/find-events 
  • September 22-23 and 29-30 (2 weekends): High Road Artisans' Annual Studio Tour (Chimayo to Vadito). See Brochure with Map.
  • September 24, Women of Color Leadership Initiative Information Session, Santa Fe Community Foundation. FREE, but must Register.
  • September 25, 5th Annual End Hunger in New Mexico Summit, Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.
  • September 30, 8th Annual  Fired Up! FREE Community Festival in Tucumcari at the Downtown Historic Railroad Depot Plaza.

Do you have news to SHARE?

Do you have news or events that you would like New Mexicans to know about? We can help you get the word out. Send your information items to wendy@sharenm.org. Post your events on one of our many SHARE calendars.  Visit our County and Initiative pages to find out what's happening in your communities of interest. And don't forget to check our Grants & Funding page to see if there is a grant opportunity for YOU.  
SHARE New Mexico is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing information and encouraging collaboration for positive change in New Mexico. Join the SHARE community and help us continue our mission of improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans through shared access to reliable data, information and resources.