RRPS Gives Back!

School, District Events Support the Community
Posted on 11/21/2018
Students cleaning windows at Big EventThroughout the year schools throughout the district give back to Rio Rancho in a variety of ways: collecting food and clothes, blood drives, public musical performances, dances at retirement centers for seniors, and more.  Through the generosity of hundreds of individual employees, RRPS is one of the region's biggest donors to United Way.  Here are just a few ways RRPS gives back during the holiday season!

Ram Athletics Toy Drive
Rams athletes with toys
They go all out on the field every day, but every year Rio Rancho High School student athletes go all out for children in need in our community.  Their annual toy drive contributes hundreds of toys to the Rio Rancho Police Department's drive benefitting families in need.  That's a lot of athletes in the photo shown here, and enough toys to fill  2 1/2 pickup trucks!  RRPD has invited Santa himself to deliver the toys to the children at a party later this December.  

Tis the Season to Sing!

Enchanted Hills elementary choir performsPerforming groups from schools throughout Rio Rancho fan out across the city during the first part of December to spread a little holiday cheer.  They visit government offices, local businesses, hospitals, and retirement and nursing homes, showcasing their (considerable) talents and the spirit of the season.  The group seen here, from Enchanted Hills Elementary, did a 20-minute program of traditional holiday fare along with songs of peace.  The RRPS Student Transportation Department provides buses.  

RRHS's "The Big Event"

Students and adult volunteers doing yard work at Big EventOn Saturday, November 17, approximately 630 students and 90 adults volunteered as part of the 11th Annual BIG Event community service project, organized by Rio Rancho High School Associated Students. The teams of student volunteers, and their adult supervisors, fanned out across Rio Rancho to do yard work, and other odd-jobs at the homes of some 90 Rio Rancho residents. RRHSAS organizes the BIG Event every year to say "Thank You!" to the community for its support of Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Approximately half of the adult volunteers who donate their Saturday are RRPS educators, with parents and community members comprising the other adult volunteers. RRPS supports the BIG Event by providing transportation of the volunteers to and from the job sites.

District employees with some of the food collected for Storehouse WestStorehouse West Food Drive

The RRPS district staff annually holds a pre-Thanksgiving food drive to benefit Storehouse West.  Teams of district-level employees square off in friendly (mostly!) competition to see which group can collect the greatest number of pounds of food.  (In the photo, the winning team!)  This year's total donation of 4,582 pounds of turkeys and canned and packaged goods beat last years! 

Food ready for delivery to Storehouse WestThe real winners, of course, are the many families across Rio Rancho who might not have any dinner at all -- let alone a Thanksgiving dinner -- without Storehouse West and the people across our community who donate food and other goods. 

Staff members at truck with foodIn thanking the staff for their support, Superintendent Sue Cleveland wrote, "One last thing I would like you to know: when the truck arrived [at Storehouse West with the district's donated food], the pantry was empty.  What a difference you have made in the lives of families for this Thanksgiving holiday.  It is an honor to work with so many caring and compassionate people!"