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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
March 19, 2001
Maldonado ends training course
PECOS, March 19, 2001 - Army Pvt. Benjamin R. Maldonado Jr. has graduated
from the light-wheel vehicle mechanic advanced individual training (AIT)
course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the course, the student was trained to perform maintenance on
vehicle power assisted brake systems, wheel vehicle suspension systems,
wheel-hub assemblies, mechanical and hydraulic steering systems, and wheel
vehicle crane, hoist and winch assemblies.
Maldonado is the son of Dolores R. Maldonado and Benjamin D. Maldonado
Sr., both of Pecos.
TYC to host conference in San Antonio
PECOS, March 19, 2001 - The Texas Youth Commission and the State Volunteer
Resource Council will conduct the 2001 Statewide Volunteer Conference April
20-22 in San Antonio. For 17 years these two organizations have joined
forces to host a training and networking conference designed especially
for dedicated volunteers throughout the state. The theme for this year's
conference is "Volunteering Expands Horizons." Representatives from the
WTSS Volunteer Services program will be in attendance at the conference.
TYC is committed to providing volunteers with the highest quality of
continuing education as they work alongside paid staff in rehabilitating
youthful offenders and integrating them back into society as productive
citizens. The volunteer role, whether Mentor, Tutor, Chaplaincy Volunteer
or Volunteer Council Member, is critical in this endeavor.
Through the efforts of 1,651 registered TYC volunteers and hundreds
more individuals who provide limited faith-based services as part of an
organized religious group, TYC recorded 118,064 service hours contributed
by community citizens in fiscal year 2000. The value of these hours combined
with other cash, grants, and in-kind contributions totaled $1,999,066.
West Texas State School volunteers alone contributed 4,603 service hours
in FY 2000.
The United Nations has declared 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers.
All Americans have been challenged to recognize our shared traditions of
volunteering and commit to volunteering as a unifying force to build strong
communities. At the Statewide Volunteer Conference, the Texas Youth Commission
will celebrate the dedication and contributions of TYC volunteers throughout
The mission of the Texas Youth Commission volunteer services department
is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities
that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens. West Texas
State School is always in need to volunteers for membership on the Volunteer
Council, to provide one-on-one tutoring, enhance religious activities,
to serve as mentors and to sponsor special events.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at WTSS, contact Donna
Garcia, Coordinator for Volunteer Services, at 915-389-5555, ext. 221 or
Caring families sought for students
PECOS, March 19, 2001 - Caring families are being sought to host high school
exchange students from over 23 countries, it was announced today by the
American Intercultural Student Exchange, Inc. (AISE). This year will be
the 20th Anniversary of AISE's exchange program and as more
and more overseas students hear of the AISE program, AISE is committed
to finding more and more caring families.
Students arrive in August to live with their American host families
and attend the local high school for the 2001-2002 school year. These eager
young students, between 15 and 18 years of age, are coming to the United
States to learn about America and the American way of life while sharing
their culture with their host families, friends and schools.
Students speak English, have their own spending money, medical insurance
and are excited about becoming a part of an American family. Prospective
host families are interviewed by an AISE Program Representative and assisted
with the selection of their student. Host families provide housing, food
and a family atmosphere for the student.
Call AISE's toll free number at 1-800-SIBLING or visit the AISE website
at www.aise.com to learn more about the benefits of hosting an exchange
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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