Thursday, August 13, 2009

CVCS Student Represents State During Leadership Tour

Mountain Mail reports
Cottonwood Valley Charter School student Matthew Lassey represented Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico this summer with a group of his peers during the 2009 Leadership Tour that took place in late July and early August.
First place winners of art, essay and talent competitions from the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Conference, held at the University of New Mexico in June, were invited to join the New Mexico MLK Jr. State Commission on the annual 2009 Leadership Tour.
The students, ages 10 to 17, joined the MLK Jr. State Commission for a trip that took the group on a chartered bus tour through nine states, including the cities of Atlanta and Memphis. Along the way, they visited the King Center, Martin Luther King’s birthplace; Ebenezer Baptist church, where Dr. King preached; World of Coca-Cola; Emery University; Spelman and Morehouse Colleges; Stone Mountain Park; Graceland; Mud Island River Park; the Georgia Aquarium; the National Civil Rights Museum; and the Burkle Estate.
Students also visited New Orleans, touring Hurricane Katrina sites and the French Quarter. Each stop along the way was chosen because it offered insight on Dr. King’s principles of non-violence and a tangible historical glimpse of the country and the civil rights movement.
Matthew, 13, is a transfer student from northern California, where he was part of the gifted and talented program. He currently is an eighth-grader in the Socorro School District and attends the Pre-College Science and Math Academy at the University of New Mexico.
He hopes to be selected for the next MLK International Leadership Tour to South Africa. Matthew is the son of Donna and Kelly Lassey of Sacramento, Calif., and the grandson of Mr. And Mrs. Pete Archuleta of Socorro.
The New Mexico State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission was established in 1991 by the Legislature of the state of New Mexico. The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is to promote cultural awareness and human rights through Dr. King’s life philosophy and six principles of nonviolent social action to all peoples of New Mexico. The Leadership Tour is an annual event.

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