Textbook Donation Provides Invaluable Learning Environment for Pojoaque Valley Students

Published August 16, 2017

Pueblo of Pojoaque Donates $20,000 to School District for State-of-the-Art Books

SANTA FE – The mission of the Pojoaque Valley School District is to improve teaching and learning every day, and thanks to a generous gift from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, that is exactly what’s taking place as the 2017-2018 school year gets underway.  A $20,000 donation made by the Pueblo toward new student textbooks is ensuring that goal.

“This is the largest donation of its kind during my four-year tenure in the district,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mel Morgan.  “And we’re putting it to use this week with the start of the new school year.”

New Mexico schools are almost entirely funded by the state, with a specific budget designated for textbooks.  Since joining the Pojoaque Valley School District, Dr. Morgan has seen an original budget of about $400,000 for textbooks reduced to just $54,000 for the current school year.  This shortfall, he says, must be supplemented from other areas.

“And that’s where the Pueblo’s generous donation comes to our rescue,” Morgan added.

Christine Gabaldon, Director of Marketing for the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, recognizes the important step taken by the Pueblo’s Governor Joseph Talachy in making the textbook donation.

“Many members of the Pueblo are themselves parents of students in this school district,” Gabaldon said.  “The Pueblo understands the importance of nurturing students toward academic success.  This donation is really an investment in our own future.”

Morgan further explained textbooks are to be adopted for student use on a seven year cycle, yet some of the district’s current social studies textbooks were 14 years old.

The Pueblo’s donation came at the right time, providing additional funding for social studies textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year, Morgan added.  The new books are being introduced to staff and students this week during both teacher in-service days and the first day of school for students.

The Pojoaque Valley School District has five schools with students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, and employs 278 staff, including 115 teachers.

“I want to emphasize that this is far more than an invaluable donation of books,” Morgan said.  “It fosters the shared relationship we all have in preparing our boys and girls for a lifetime of success.  We deeply appreciate the gift from the Pueblo of Pojoaque.”

18 school year.  The new books being introduced to staff and students this week during both teacher in-service days and the first day of student arrival.

The Pojoaque Valley School District has five schools with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and employs 278 professional staff, including 115 teachers.

“I want to emphasize that this is far more than an invaluable donation of books,”  Morgan said.  “It fosters the shared relationship we all have in preparing our boys and girls for a lifetime of success.  We deeply appreciate the gift from the Pueblo of Pojoaque.”

 

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