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10th Annual Luna County Literacy Showcase
Collaboration between Deming Public Schools &
The Gila Reading Council

For ten years the Luna County Literacy Showcase has been recognizing the literary talents of youth in Luna County. Harriet Juricich, who has been with the showcase since the beginning, conveyed, “Young writers consider it a privilege to be published in the annual edition. Our goal is to inspire children to read and write.” Inspiration and passion is evident in the original stories and poems written by the literacy stars of Deming Public Schools.

Students K-6 submit stories and poems to teachers, and then through a selection process the best of those submissions are submitted to the district for publication. Categories for the submissions include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic fiction. Submissions can be in either English or Spanish. Student work books are put together by the district and then printed with the help of the Southwest Regional Education Cooperative (SWREC). The showcase celebrates “published authors” right here in Deming Public Schools and Luna County. Students may purchase copies of their school’s book for $10 each.

Joe Hayes, an award winning author and nationally recognized teller of Southwestern tales from the Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures was the first speaker for the Luna County Literacy Showcase and has been selected as this year’s showcase speaker. He has published over twenty-five children’s books, many in both English and Spanish. Hayes’s books have received the Arizona Young Readers’ Award, two Land of Enchantment Book Awards, the Southwest Book Award, and The National Storytelling Association Talking Leaves Oracle Award. For his storytelling abilities he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and has been designated New Mexico Centennial Storyteller.

Without the generosity of many local community and business sponsors this literacy event would not be possible. The literacy events will be held February 26 through March 1, Hayes will be visiting each elementary school and Deming Intermediate School throughout the week. He will meet with the student body where he will tell some of his original stories and use his entertainment skills to promote reading and writing.

The awards nights will be held at the Deming High School Auditorium to recognize students for their outstanding writing. On February 26 at 6:00 p.m. the showcase schools will be Bataan Elementary, Chaparral Elementary, and Ruben S. Torres Elementary. February 28 at 6:00 p.m. the showcase schools will be Bell Elementary, Columbus Elementary, Memorial Elementary, and Deming Intermediate School.

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At Deming Public Schools, we recognize that attendance is vital for student’s academic success. In order to achieve this goal, we need your support. We are excited to announce that parents now have the option to email their child’s excuse to the schools attendance office.
Simply go to your student’s school website and click on the email link listed. Each school’s attendance clerk will check the email daily and verify with the parent that they sent the email.
Email addresses listed below:
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En las Escuelas Públicas de Deming, reconocemos que la asistencia es vital para el éxito académico
de los estudiantes. Para lograr este objetivo, necesitamos su apoyo. Estamos encantados de anunciar que los padres ahora tienen la opción de enviar por correo electrónico la excusa de su hijo a la oficina de asistencia de la escuela.
Simplemente vaya al sitio web de la escuela de su estudiante y haga clic en el enlace de correo electrónico que se indica. El empleado de asistencia de cada escuela revisará el correo electrónico diariamente y verificará con el padre que envió el correo electrónico.
Las direcciones de correo electrónico se enumeran a continuación:
Bataan Elementary:

Bell Elementary:

Chaparral Elementary:

Columbus Elementary:

Memorial Elementary:

Ruben S. Torres Elementary:

Deming Intermediate School:

Red Mountain Middle School:

Deming High School:

Mimbres Valley High School:

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