Governor highlights state school supply drives

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — Gov. Susana Martinez joined Farmington school administrators in highlighting a number of statewide school supply drives at a press conference today.

Gov. Susana Martinez announces a new drive to furnish school supplies to students statewide on Thursday during a press conference at the U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union in Farmington.

The governor was introduced by Lida Alikhani, the program director for the PullTogether program operated by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, at the newly opened U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union location at 5600 E. Main St.

With the start of the school year approaching, Martinez said it can be difficult for some families to acquire much-needed supplies.

“We know, in tough times, this can get real expensive, and for some families, it’s just not possible for them,” Martinez said.

She announced that U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union, the Farmington Municipal School District, the Salvation Army and Cricket Wireless are collecting school supplies for students.

Members of the Farmington schools leadership team, including Superintendent Gene Schmidt, were on hand during the press conference. Schmidt and school board President Kyle Rhodes each spoke, thanking Martinez and U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union for their support of students.

Martinez also highlighted efforts by CYFD and the New Mexico Human Services Department to provide funds for students and foster children in need. CYFD offers $100 to foster children for school supplies, a program that benefited more than 1,200 children who received a total of more than $179,000 last year.

The state human services department gives $100 in clothing allowances to families at the start of the school year and another $50 in January. Nearly 13,000 children received money for a new school outfit last year, Martinez said.

For those interested in donating school supplies to their local district, more information can be found at

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.