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By Jesse Harrison
Special to TALON 

Survival Buckets


April 20, 2018

What began as a simple request of a bucket for each classroom at McCoy Ave. Elementary school soon ballooned into an initiative that provided “emergency lock-down” buckets for five schools within the Aztec Municipal School District. In less than a month and a half, Mr. Jesse Harrison, McCoy’s Interim-Principal, Mrs. Stacie Briggs, McCoy’s Social Worker, Ms. Brandy Hancock, McCoy’s PTO Treasurer, and Mrs. Taylor Martinez, McCoy’s PTO President, collected over $7000.00 in monetary and supply donations from the generosity of the local businesses and citizens of Aztec, NM. The magnitude of donations created an opportunity to fill 172 classroom buckets across the district with supplies in the event of a school-wide emergency lock-down.

Even though the initial bucket project was created to provide emergency supplies for the classrooms at McCoy. Here is where the fun began. Mrs. Martinez, the PTO President, created a “seeking donations” message on McCoy’s PTO web page. Soon thereafter, the financial donations and necessary supplies needed to fill the classroom buckets began to arrive. The amount of contributions quickly began to exceed the expectations of the bucket committee at McCoy Ave. Elementary School. Brandy Hancock, the PTO treasurer, suggested that based on the magnitude of donations, “Why not prepare buckets for classrooms in other schools as well?” Her question was soon answered.

Huge donations of bottled water, animal crackers, flashlights, rubber gloves, cat litter, duct tape, plastic bags, candy suckers, band-aides, toilet tissue, and privacy sheets were graciously donated by many businesses within the Aztec community. In addition to the donated supplies, many residents of the community donated money to sponsor a bucket. Mr. Harrison appreciatively noted, “The generosity of the community only reinforced the ‘Sense of Family’ that exists here in Aztec. To work in a community with such strong support for the schools is truly a blessing.”

The efforts of McCoy Ave. Elementary School provided “emergency” buckets for classrooms at Lydia Rippey Elementary School, Mosaic Charter School, Koogler Middle School, and Vista Nueva Alternative High School. The bucket list committee at McCoy would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Aztec community for their generosity and support to make the “emergency bucket” list a spectacular success.


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