Migrant Education Program appreciates all sponsors


a dozen young children gather around santa who is sitting down in the middle of the group photo all are smiling esmeralda martinez wearing a red dress stands at far right

Santa welcomes children at the Southwest Region Migrant Education Program Santa's Workshop and Open House on December 15.

This year, the Southwest Region Migrant Education Program (MEP) provided gifts to nearly 100 migrant families through its Adopt-A-Family holiday initiative. "We are so appreciative of all the sponsors who helped make this event a success," said Esmeralda Martinez, director of Southwest Region Migrant Education Program.

Sponsors included San Luis Valley Health, Sierra Blanca Medical Clinic & Alamosa Physical Therapy, Valley Wide Executive Team, Valley-Wide Health Information Management Systems Department, Convenient Care Staff, Finance Department Valley-Wide, SLV Medical Managers, Alamosa Dental Clinic, Center Dental Clinic Edward M. Kennedy Dental Clinic, La Jara Dental Clinic, Trinchera Ranch, The Feed Store Church in Monte Vista, SLV Immigration Resource Center, High Altitude Convenience Gas Station in Ft Garland, Post Commissary Ft Garland, SLV Energy Resource Center, Mary Morin-Child Find @ SLV BOCES, Kim Decker-Monte Vista Forest Service, Weiss Dry Cleaning, City of Alamosa, JC Penney-Alamosa, Three S Ranch, Kunugi Farm, Roller Derby Team, CIA Leavitt, Bureau of Land Management-Monte Vista, Alamosa Police Department, Tijerina's Trucking, Town of Center, Alamosa Subway, Monte Vista Subway, De Herrera Trucking, Roscoe, SLV Theater Company, Colorado Sports, EXPO LLC, Zapata Seed, Vladimir Baca Arreglados Truck Club, Office of Migrant Education @ CDE, Alamosa Elementary K-2 Building, Alamosa Elementary 3-5 Building, Eric Carpio Family, Lis Tomlin, Karla Hardesty Family, Simona Guillen, Heather Heersink, Nicole Martinez Family, James Martinez Family, Ed Medina Family, Katherine Baer Family, Nick Barela Family, Robert and Sheryl Bacon, Morgan Dokson Family, Dwynne Lujan Family, Eduardo and Gabriella Marquez, Teresa and Nick Valdez, Alejandro and Cristal Enriquez, Toni Romero, Esmeralda Martinez Family, Tomas Mejia Family, Antoinette Garcia and Alan Rendon Family, and Pete and Lillian Gomez.

"We feel fortunate to receive support from so many agencies, community members, and volunteers who have been willing to participate in this initiative year after year," said Martinez. She also appreciates her Adams State MEP staff including Shanda Taylor, Reyna Martinez, Maria De Lara, Edgar Martinez, Matias Francisco, Marisa Aguilar, and Minga Francisco-Miguel. "They worked diligently to ensure the event was a success," Martinez added.

The SLV Migrant Education program serves a yearly average of up to 540 students, aged birth-22, from 23 school districts in the San Luis Valley and southwest Colorado. The program connects families of seasonal agricultural workers with community resources, monitors children's achievements, and provides continuity as they change school districts.

The Southwest Region Migrant Education Program is located on the Adams State University campus at the southeast corner of Second St. and Richardson Ave. To learn more about the Southwest Region Migrant Education program, or to refer a family who may benefit from services, contact: Shanda Taylor at 719-587-7612 or Esmeralda Martinez at 719-587-7635.