Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita [...]

Letters to the editor: Harvest festivals have pagan origins

I watched the “Haunted History of Halloween” on the History Channel, a yearly tradition for us. As we watched, something occurred to me. Many people, schools and churches do not celebrate Halloween because the thought is, “it’s evil.” Instead, many celebrate “harvest parties” as an alternative.

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids [...]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Afterschool Program Director Andrea Copenhaver works on a grave for the Portales Recreation Center on Tuesday. The center’s haunted house is going to be open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the cost of admission is $5. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis [...]