Pinon Students Showcase Projects At School Board Work Session

Girl Scouts from Pinon and Chamisa have founded Link Arms in Los Alamos, an anti-bullying group that encourages students to show support for kids being bullied by linking arms with them, either literally or figuratively. The girls have produced t-shirts, posters and a video. They are planning to expand to other schools. One initiative is to invite boys involved in anti-bullying efforts at the high school and middle school to talk with boys at the elementary schools. The Los Alamos School Board honored the group for its good work and posed with them during Thursday’s School Board Work Session at Pinon. Present at the meeting were from left, Matt Williams, NancyAnn Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pinon fifth graders, from left, Morgan Hayes, Aidan Royer and Nicholas Dolin have begun a project that has been selected as a Pinon fundraiser for the next 1.5 months. The boys submitted a proposal to raise money for Paws and Stripes, a  New Mexico non-profit that matches former soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder with dogs from local shelters that are trained by the soldier with the help of a professional to become their service dog. The goal is to raise enough money to train one or more dogs. The cost to train a dog is about $2,000, Hayes said. The boys presented their ideas to the School Board Thursday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/