Española Council honors Community Groups Working To Provide Drug & Alcohol Free Activities


Pictured here attending the proclamation presentation Tuesday from left to right are adult mentor Felice Gurule, Ricky Sandoval, 14 year-old, David Velasquez, 8 year-old, and Consuelo Quintana, 14 year-old.

Española Council honors Community Groups Working To Provide Drug & Alcohol Free Activities

ESPAÑOLA – On Tuesday April 14th the city of Española Council honored all of the organizations which are working to provide drug and alcohol free activities to the children youth and families of northern New Mexico.

The city adopted an official proclamation thanking all those involved in four events held during the healthy community week in Española and Rio Arriba County. other organizations involved in the week’s activities include Española Valley Public Schools HIDTA, Santa Clara Development Corporation, the Northern New Mexico Implementation Team, Oasis of Peace Youth Group, ¡explora!, Century Bank, Planetarium, Ghost Ranch, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, New Mexico Highlands University, Balloon Emporium, Math Museum and the  Pojoaque Valley School District.

Marcela Maestas and her sister Felice Gurule represented individuals and organizations putting on the week’s activities and accepted the proclamation on their behalf.

Gurule spoke about her work with many youth who are helping to lead the activities, including running the Science Showdown this weekend Sunday from noon to 4 at Holy Cross gym. Gurule took 16 youth to the ¡explora! museum in Albuquerque last weekend to receive training on the various science activities so the youth themselves will be able to serve as presenters and trainers at the science exhibits this weekend.

Gurule sad that the entire week’s activities were born a few months ago when a group of Española Valley youth attended a youth leadership conference in Albuquerque. At the conference they started to brainstorm ways to help the community and with the help of staff at ¡explora! and many other wonderful people the healthy community week was born.

Marcela Maestas and Felice Gurule accepting proclamation from Mayor Alice Lucero