January 26, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393
jchavez@ped.state.nm.us

Hurrikane Travels to Schools Across New Mexico as Part of Anti-Truancy Campaign

(Santa Fe, NM) --Hurrikane 9 is returning to New Mexico public schools this winter to spread the message that every day counts and ditching school is not cool. Hurrikane 9 will be performing in the Rotunda at the Capitol in Santa Fe on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at noon.

Hurrikane 9, sponsored by UpLift Records, will be traveling across the state between January 17 and March 11 to speak directly to kids about the importance of being in school every day. Hurrikane 9 is a fifth generation New Mexican from the Anthony area who is quickly growing in popularity across the nation. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and speaks to kids from the heart about the problems and trials of growing up in today’s world. For more on Hurrikane 9, you can go to www.upliftrecords.com and click on Artist Profiles.

Secretary of Education, Veronica C. García said, “We want to help convince the kids in school that every single day counts to making a better future and that going to school every day is vital to their success.”

The Public Education Department and the Governor are extending the statewide truancy prevention campaign to include January through March 2005. This campaign promises to be exciting and broad, with posters, brochures, an exciting interactive website, a student shot documentary, an early intervention interactive CD, billboards, radio ads, TV commercials and a hip-hop spokesperson. Visit our website at www.everydaycounts.us. Schools across the state from Taos to Gadsden have invited Hurrikane 9 with great success this past September and October.

From first graders to high school, we have found that all kids (and even some parents) love Hurrikane.
His program is 45 minutes long, with no costs to the school and he wants to visit every school in New Mexico. But his time is limited, so if you would like Hurrikane 9 to make an appearance at your school, no matter the grade level, please email Campaign Coordinator Elizabeth Gabel at egabel@msn.com or give her a call at (505) 203-0884.