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American Subcontractors Association of New Mexico, ARI Graphix, Miller Bonded Inc. and Alice King Community School employees. (Courtesy of ASA NM)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The American Subcontractors Association of New Mexico and several partner companies donated materials and labor to renovate the Alice King Community School yard in Albuquerque, according to a statement.

The association coordinated donations of materials, equipment, tools and volunteers to build a sandbox and improve the schoolyard. Ahern Rentals, Miller Bonded Inc. donated equipment and staff time. Buildology Inc. donated gravel. ARI Graphix; Calvert Menicucci, PC; Centauri Sales and ASA NM donated employees’ time.

School staff provided meals, snacks and drinks for the volunteers.

Gia Espinoza, executive director of ASA NM, wrote in an email that the school asked for help with the sandbox project in the fall of 2019, at a time when the association’s board was looking for a way to give back to the community. The sandbox installation was originally planned for spring 2020, but has been suspended because of the pandemic. Later, a storm destroyed the section of the yard that was scheduled for the litter box.

The school then asked for help to renovate the yard.

“The rocks in and around the drainage area, as well as around the school’s perimeter, needed to be put back in their original places, new gravel needed to be added to the track, walking trails and outdoor lunch area” , wrote Espinoza. “The ASA group made a list of the necessary materials, equipment and tools, the request for help was sent to our members and the members were answered. All materials were donated, equipment and tools were lent to us without hesitation. Our members are the best. “

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Paula Fonseca