STCF Programs

Let's give them the tools they need to succeed

The STCF and sponsors award GISD with a donation check for the Honors Program.
The STCF and sponsors award GISD with a donation check for the Honors Program.

How we maximize the benefit for our community

Working with parents, teachers, and district administrators, the STCF has keyed in on four areas where our efforts will have the biggest impact on our students.

  1. Rewarding attendance and hard work.
  2. Reducing the barriers poverty creates.
  3. Helping students make the transition after graduation.
  4. Helping teachers be the best they can be.

STCF Core Programs

Students receive bikes for the hard work and grades at a GISD board meeting.
Students receive bikes for the hard work and grades at a GISD board meeting.

1. Rewarding Attendance and Hard Work

STCF Honor Roll

To instill a desire to go to school every day it is important to start young. Our STCF Honor Roll recognizes students who achieve perfect attendance during the school year. At the end of each school year, the STCF helps coordinate an event where students get recognized for their accomplishment in front of their parents.

Bikes for Grades

Students that are top academic achievers or who show the most improvement within the school year are awarded bicycles for their efforts. This has become a popular program within the community and has been going a long way to encouraging students to study hard.

Students at Riverside Elementary receive donated uniforms.
Students at Riverside Elementary receive donated uniforms.

2. Reducing the Impact of Poverty

Uniform Donations

The STCF provides uniforms to students in need. This allows the student and their family to concentrate more on studying rather than worry about how they'll fill a basic need.

Backpack and School Supplies

Backpacks and school supplies are a basic need for success in school. The STCF donates these items to students in need so that the cost of these items doesn't become a barrier to success.

Santa Teresa Class of 2018 Santa Teresa High School Salutatorian Elizabeth Beltran, and Valedictorian Clarissa Molina, were part of the record scholarship winning class that had $4.3 million in scholarships awarded. The commencement ceremonies took place Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. (Photo: Luis Villalobos)
Santa Teresa Class of 2018 Santa Teresa High School Salutatorian Elizabeth Beltran, and Valedictorian Clarissa Molina, were part of the record scholarship winning class that had $4.3 million in scholarships awarded. The commencement ceremonies took place Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. (Photo: Luis Villalobos)

3. Transitioning After Graduation

Summer Internships

We repeatedly hear from the private sector that new employees lack soft skills. In response, the STCF created a summer internship program that matches junior and senior year highschool students with businesses in Santa Teresa to learn what is like to be in the workforce.

College Internships

The STCF partners with Doña Ana Community College each year to fund an internship program. This program seeks to place college students with businesses in Santa Teresa.

Scholarships

Students who complete a summer internship and receive high marks from their employers are offered scholarships which they can apply towards any post-secondary education.

Jerry Pacheco speaking at the 2019 GISD Teachers of the Year Celebration.
Jerry Pacheco speaking at the 2019 GISD Teachers of the Year Celebration.

4. Recognizing Our Top Educators

Teacher of the Year

Every year, one teacher from each school is selected by their peers and supervisors as the teacher of the year. Teachers who receive this honor are recognized as having gone above and beyond in helping students achieve success. The STCF awards these teachers with gift certificates and tools they can use in the classroom.

One-Time Grants

In addition to our core programs, the STCF reserves funds for one-time grants that can be used for needs or opportunities as they arise. We have an application that anyone can fill out to ask for funding. Some past examples are below.

Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation Board Members presenting computers to Chaparral Elementary School and Desert View Elementary Schools; Desert View
Elementary School Principal Jorge Araujo at right
Computers

In 2018, the Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation donated new computers to various elementary schools in the Gadsden Independent School District. The computers are critical, as students are required to complete their state testing via computers. If students are not versed on using a computer, they struggle completing the tests within the allotted time. The new computers will allow the elementary schools to better train the students, who will be capable of achieving higher test scores.

Desert View students visiting Acme Mills in Santa Teresa.
Field Trips

From a budgetary standpoint, the State of New Mexico has struggled during the past couple of years. This has resulted in cuts to many educational programs such as field trips. In 2018, this was the case with Desert View Elementary School in Sunland Park. STCF stepped in to cover a shortfall of $2,000 for Desert View Elementary so that students could resume field trips that had already been planned before the funding cuts.

Students at Yucca Elementary using their new headphones.
Yucca Elementary Headphones

The Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation donated badly needed headphones to Yucca Heights Elementary so that students can take tests on computers.

The STCF presents a donation to students in the Santa Teresa High architectual program.
Certiport Certification

The Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation donated $3,600 to the Santa Teresa High School Architectural students in order for them to gain certification, and in general support of their program.

STEM
Gadsden High STEM Career Fair

In 2018, the Santa Teresa Charitable Foundation donated $300 to support the STEM Career fair at Gadsden High School, organized by Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Tom Udall. This event was created to help connect students to promising opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

THANK YOU!

To our Sponsors

From the bottom of our hearts,

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