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Montwood Middle Students Receive Drone from SISD Officer, American Legion Riders

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.”

Socorro ISD Schools Earn Grant to Bolster Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Four Socorro Independent School District campuses have been awarded the 2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) grant by Dairy Max.

On Tuesday, SISD officials announced that Robert R. Rojas Elementary School, Jane Hambric K-8 School, Col. John O. Ensor and Montwood middle schools will receive $4,000 each to promote healthy eating and physical activity programs at their campus.

Socorro ISD was one of eight school districts in the state, and the only one in the region, to earn the grant. Schools will receive $2,000 as part of the healthy eating play program, which will be used to upgrade kitchen equipment.

The other $2,000, for the physical activity play program, will be used to purchase equipment and gear.

“We are very excited that these four campuses earned the FUTP60 grant,” said Shelley Chenausky, director of child nutrition services. “Our schools will receive commercial blenders to make smoothies and glass-front coolers to deliver them to the classrooms. This is a great way for our students to consume more dairy, fruits, and vegetables.”

The grant will increase nutritional and physical education awareness, improve academic performance, and build lifelong habits that contribute to student’s overall well-being, said Albert Hernandez, director of athletics.

“Linking child nutrition services efforts with ours has been something we have been working on proactively,” Hernandez said. “We have a common goal, to educate the whole child and improve their health through exercise and

good, conscious nutrition.”

Campuses are eager to receive their new equipment and begin implementing new programs at their school.

“We are going to start an after-school flag football league for boys and girls in October,” said Miguel A. Saldaña, physical education teacher at Col. John O. Ensor.

“This will provide another opportunity for students to engage in after-school activities. We also will work with our cafeteria staff to promote a healthier lifestyle, and offer even more healthy choices for our students.”

Learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.