All in a Day’s Work…

March 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM 4 comments

Monday, March 26, 2012, marks the 86th day of the year.

It is the day that “Avatar” and  “Titanic” director, James Cameron, dives nearly seven miles in a specially-designed submarine called the “Deepsea Challenger,” 200 miles southwest of the Pacific Island of Guam in the Mariana Trench.

The same day, far away in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a school gymnasium transformed into a “Special Education Resource Fair” by many creative Santa Fe Public School personnel, a plain white table is reserved for representatives of Las Campanas Compadres. They are invited to illustrate their program activities to the community of  special needs families with an informational display.  Their assignment is to spread the word to the nearby communities about the exciting riding and swimming adventures just waiting for disabled people of all ages.

Most of the attendees of the resource fair are families with children who are enrolled  in Santa Fe’s special education school programs. In addition to telling families about the free riding and swimming programs at the resource fair, the LCC representatives have the opportunity  to invite people to become volunteers to keep the programs strong. They announce to  possible swimming, bicycling and running participants the initial details of this year’s upcoming September 3rd Mini-Triathlon.

Other agencies participating as “vendors” at the fair learn about Las Campanas Compadres and promise to tell their own clientele  and members of their groups about LCC.

Families with children excited about riding horses and swimming see the display photos and the Power Point presentation and are incredulous Las Campanas Compadres programs are free, and in such beautiful facilities.  They take the business cards and the flyers indicating  they will do more research. They plan to call 505-820-2707 to speak to the program founders as they start planning  for extracurricular activities that will help their children to exercise, to reach developmental goals, and most of all, to have fun.

Dave Caldwell and Georgia Smith, LCC swimming and riding instructors, are the best. For three consecutive years at this resource fair, they have  provided their expertise and “pizzazz” speaking to inquiring families.

Enthusiasm abounds and for two hours, many questions about LCC programs are asked and answered. It is an exceptionally good day to tell the community about the Las Campanas Compadres programs and introduce them to new, undiscovered territory that promises to add  a positive dimension to their lives.


(Special thanks to  supportive LCC parents Ildy Rolfs and Liz Valdez for sharing their photos to make the display come alive. )


By the way—for first “Deepsea Challenger” footage visit:,2817,2402234,00.asp

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The 2012 Special Education Resource Fair is Today!!! Visionary…

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Liz  |  March 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    We had a lot of fun at the resource fair. A real special thanks to John (Maddog) Romero, his extremely wonderful mom, and Dave for their hard work.

    I had planned on staying longer, but my munchkin ate too much candy, and her attitude and face showed as much.

    Thank you Las Campanas Compadres for having a booth there.

  • 3. michelle  |  March 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Attractive display! The LCC team is organized as always!


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