A Socorro Independent School District security officer and the American Legion Riders group that he belongs to generously donated a drone to the yearbook students at Montwood Middle School.
Officer Daniel Saucedo gave the school the Contixo F18 drone, which can stream and capture high quality images that students can use in their annual publication and for videos on their school website.
“My students and I were surprised and appreciative that Officer Saucedo donated the drone to our campus,” said Grace Gonzalez, theater, broadcast, and yearbook teacher. “My staff and I are planning to take stunning aerial pictures and video of our campus and student body.”
Prior to joining Team SISD in 2015, Saucedo served in the military for 24 years. The former member of the National Guard joined the American Legion Rider Association in 2006 where he helps sponsor programs, groups and communities.
“I take pride in helping and I always enjoy working with kids,” Saucedo said. “This drone will be useful for the yearbook and broadcast students so they can utilize it for their activities.”
Saucedo decided to donate the item after seeing students struggle to take photos at sporting events.
“I see how hard it is for them to take photos of the athletes when we have track meets,” he said. “They have to run from point A to point B, and with this drone, they can fly it and capture what they need to.”
Saucedo also taught the students how to use the drone.
“The most rewarding part is teaching the students how to fly the drone, and hearing about how it is helping them,” he said. “At first, they couldn’t believe I got it for them, but I promised them I was going to get them one and I did.”
The yearbook and broadcast staff were eager to start using the device.
“I think it’s so nice that he uses his own money to buy stuff for our school,” said Valeyda Parada, a seventh-grade student. “Being able to shoot videos from above is very interesting, and during football games we can record instead of taking blurry pictures.”
In addition to the drone, Saucedo and his fellow riders have donated athletic equipment to the campus.
“He helps our school a lot,” said Alicia Estrada, also a seventh-grader at the campus. “We are so thankful for the donations he gives us. We always play with the basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls they donated, and the drone will be a big part of our yearbook. It’s really going to help us.”