Connecting information and ideas with people working for change in New Mexico                                                                       June 2018
Reminder:  Collaborative Zone Grant Deadline

The deadline for submitting a colllaborative zone grant via SHARE's online grant application is 5:00 PM on June 21. Apply here. 
It's Summertime!

Summertime is here, and families and kids across New Mexico are ready for fun. But with schools closed, many working families need to find engaging, safe places for their children to be during the summer break. This can mean taking a minute to ask ourselves - as parents, grandparents, service providers and community members - how can we keep young people of all ages active and engaged over the summer in healthy, positively activities, full of wonder and learning? SHARE New Mexico offers some suggestions about how to find free and low-cost resources throughout our big, beautiful state.
Stop the "Summer Slide"

"Summer slide" is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Low-income children lose an average of two to three months of reading skills over the summer. By fifth grade, this leaves them 2-1/2 to 3 years behind their wealthier peers and accounts for up to 66% of the achievement gap in reading by the time they start high school.

The solution? High-quality summer learning programs have been shown to improve school achievement, but also school attachment, motivation, and relationships with adults and peers. (For more information, visit the  National Summer Learning Association.) Fortunately for us, libraries across New Mexico are launching their summer reading programs.

The   Shuter Library in Angel Fire is kicking off the summer session with full range of FREE activities for the family, including preschool story time (ages 3 and up), summer reading program (ages 5-12), summer reading adventure club (ages 5 and up along with caregivers), and a special appearance on June 27th by local celebrity Curious Chris, who performs songs, skits and science demonstrations about plants, animals and foods of NM. For the adults, the library offers Tech Talks, Author Event s and Book Clubs.

Find your local library in the SHARE New Mexico Resource Directory and visit it often!

Afterschool Programs

While many out-of-school time programs operate year-round, these programs take on an added importance during the summer. 

Tim Sheahan, President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Central NM, explains why.  "Afterschool and Summer programs are so important to our children! They provide a safe place for kids to work on their academics and meet new friends.  In the summer, we are open all day and provide breakfast and lunch every day.   Our summer enrichment program, "Brain Gain," is a fun way to stop the "brain drain," along with free  field trips from athletics to technology.  You never know who will be the next Jennifer Lopez - she learned how to dance at the Boys & Girls Club!"

May Sagbakken, Executive Director of the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST), asserts that "All children and youth deserve access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs that prepare them for school, college, careers, and life. While many students across our state are receiving valuable support from these programs, we know that the need for this type of programming far exceeds its availability. " NMOST's goal is to educate, build awareness and increase support for afterschool programs in New Mexico.

Find afterschool programs in your community by searching the SHARE Resource Directory:

F ood, Glorious Food!

Sad but true - many New Mexican families depend on food offered by or at schools. Over two-thirds of our school children are eligible for free lunch at school

During the year, food pantries provide supplemental food for families, and many of these continue through the summer. Roadrunner Food Bank  can help you find a pantry near you. Or search the SHARE Resource Directory:

Check out NM's Farmers Markets.  In the summertime,  more options actually become available. Thanks to our many New Mexican farmers markets, we can get locally-grown, nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, all summer and into the fall.  The NM Farmers Marketing Association provides up-to-date information on everything you would want to know about these nutritious food outlets. Click on "Find a Market" to find all kinds of food outlets near you. 

Find out how you can double your SNAP/EBT dollars with Double Up Food Bucks.  The Double Up Food Bucks program is available at approximately 80 outlets in New Mexico including farmers' markets, farm stands, grocery stores, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture programs. With Double Up Food Bucks, SNAP EBT card holders can double their purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. Details, including information on each location, can be found on the Double Up website
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