Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines.

Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only be undertaken during the summer months when most everyone else is gone. In addition to the number of standard maintenance activities taking place, much of the construction and remodeling are stepped up to complete as much as possible during the summer months when instruction is least likely to be disrupted with staff and students being gone.

During the next few columns, we will take you on a virtual tour of our schools to look in on the progress, from the repairs and remodeling of facilities to the more extensive building projects that are under way, made possible through our partnership with the State of New Mexico’s Public Schools Facilities Authority. More information can be found through www.nmpsfa.org.

Meantime, on a lighter note, there are some fun, kid-related activities in progress or that have recently taken place.

Highland Elementary is this summer’s temporary home to the Clovis Family YMCA’s summer camp. Called “A Lifetime of Memories,” the 2011 summer day camp is taking place now through Aug. 5.

The day camp provides children with summer adventures that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body. Children spend time indoors and outdoors as experienced staff lead campers in a wide variety of activities each day, including arts and crafts, games, skits, and songs, sports, swimming and weekly off-site filed trips.

The camp is for grades kindergarten through 10, and more information is available by emailing snelson@ymcacnm.org or calling 935-9622.

This past Saturday the Clovis High School’s Rock Staubus gym was home to the Cops & Kids Basketball 2011 tournament, organized by Daron Roach, community relations officer of the Clovis Police Department for kids ages 6 to 13. Roach reported that 100 kids were registered for this free event (which was on a first come, first served basis), and that 40 fellow officers volunteered their own time.

Each child participant received a trophy, goodie bag and a T-shirt, some of which were courtesy of local businesses. Other volunteers included Amy Sellers, Clovis Schools’ Amelia Sandoval and Shane Nelson. The games were announced by Don “Doc” Elder and Michael Shaughnessy, both professors from Eastern New Mexico University.

Officer Roach said the event would be a definite for next year. For more information, contact rroach@cityofclovis.org or call 763-9427.

Leo Rosten once observed, “the purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.”

I do believe we live in a great community with plenty of individuals who take this to heart and do make a difference.

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Clovis Municipal Schools and can be reached at cindy.kleyn-kennedy@clovis-schools.org.