PRESS RELEASE - April 27, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Mexican Consulate Provides Free Textbooks to Schools;
First Lady Barbara Richardson, Education Secretary
Dr. García to Accept on State’s Behalf

(Santa Fe, NM)—First Lady Barbara Richardson and Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García will accept, on New Mexico’s behalf, a contribution of more than 16,000 free Spanish textbooks from the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque at a special ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School library, located at 6251 Jaguar Drive in Santa Fe.

Presenting a sampling of books will be Mexican Consulate Juan Manuel Solana.

Nineteen school districts, including more than 140 elementary, middle and high schools, the New Mexico School for the Deaf, St. Francis Cathedral School in Santa Fe and the state Children, Youth and Families Department will receive the free Spanish textbooks.

Joining First Lady Barbara Richardson and Secretary Dr. García will be Donita Sena, president of the Santa Fe School District board of education, Anne Darnton, principal of Cesar Chavez Elementary, Dr. Gladys Herrera-Gurulé, state director of Bilingual Multicultural Education for the Public Education Department, and Mari Loli Limongi, with the Mexican Consulate.

This is the eighth year of the “Mexican Institute for Mexicans in the United States” book program, offered by the Mexican Consulate.

For more information, please contact Ruth Williams, the PED’s director of public outreach, at (505) 476-0393 or Marsha Catron at the Governor’s Office at (505) 476-2248.