Nearly 1,500 Volunteers Turn Out for Sixth Annual Comcast Cares Day/LCPS Foundation Partnership

“I simply cannot imagine a better, more successful day for Doña Ana Elementary, the school district or the community.”

LCPS Foundation Executive Director (and LCPS Chief of Staff) Leslie Cervantes


LCPS Board of Education members Barbara Hall, left, and Dr. Connie Phillips were among nearly 1,500 volunteers at Comcast Cares Day April 27, 2013 at Doña Ana Elementary School. Board member Dr. Bonnie Votaw was also a volunteer.

LAS CRUCES – The final count was 1,480 volunteers at Comcast Cares Day Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Doña Ana Elementary School, said Principal Cherie Love. That breaks the record number of volunteers at last year’s event at MacArthur Elementary School by 43.“It was exciting to see so many people come out and plant, clean, paint, pull weeds, pick up trash and have a fun time,” said Love.”Wow! What an amazing and exciting day! It was so touching to see everyone who came out to help spruce up our school on Comcast Cares Day! Dona Ana Elementary looks clean, bright and absolutely beautiful! I sincerely appreciate the support from our sponsors, special guests, LCPS employees, volunteers, performers, students, parents and our fabulous Doña Ana Elementary staff. One student told me today that our school looked brand new. I agree,” said Love.

“We are honored to have partnered with Doña Ana Elementary School and to have made such a positive impact on our community during our 12th Comcast Cares Day,” said John Christopher, New Mexico Government Affairs director for Comcast. “I’m grateful to all 1,480 volunteers who donated their time to help make a different in the lives of our students,” he said.

Doña Ana Elementary students started the morning off by singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish.

Participants included U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M.; LCPS Board of Education members Dr. Connie Phillips, Dr. Bonnie Votaw and Barbara Hall; LCPS Foundation board of directors members Gene Gant (who is also the district representative on the New Mexico Public Education Commission), Ben Woods, Jennifer Terrazas, Tommy Esparza, Dr. Earl Phillips, Bill Connor, Shirley O’Brien, Wendy Gallegos, Mike Cook, and LCPS administrators Associate Superintendent for Operations Dane Kennon. Chief of Staff Leslie Cervantes. Human Resources Department Director Andrea Fletcher. Physical Plant Department (PPD) Director Bobby Stout. Principal on Special Assignment Nyeta Haines and Coordinator for the LCPS Institute for Parent Engagement Program Olga Hawkins and Brigette Zigelhofer, who is administrative assistant to Superintendent Stan Rounds.

Special guest was cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, along with mascots Bonnie Pancake of IHOP (which provided breakfast) and Andy Armadillo of Texas Roadhouse (which provided lunch).

Love said Carlos Muñoz and other PPD painters were also vital to the success of the event.


said Comcast Cable New Mexico Director of Government Affairs John Christopher, left, introduces U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., at Comcast Cares Day at Doña Ana Elementary School.

Here are some of the groups, organizations and businesses that participated in the event: Mayfield High School Air Force JROTC; Las Cruces High School cheerleaders; NMSU Alpha Phi Sigma; LCHS Key Club; Centennial High School cheer; Holy Cross; MHS FFA; Oñate High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA),  MHS football players and track team members; Las Cruces, Mayfield, and Oñate high schools National Honor Society members; the New Mexico Department of Transportation; Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit; Boy Scout Troop 64; NMSU Rotaract; MHS French Club; NMSU Omega Delta Phi; Petsmart; Giant Western Refining;  MHS Spanish Club; LCHS Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA-NM); LCHS student government; Mariachi Alma de Las Cruces, Carlos Muñoz’s Motorcycle Club, and many more.

Comcast Cares Day is sponsored by Comcast Cable and the LCPS Foundation. Co-sponsors (and, in many cases, Comcast Cares Day participants) included Ralph Ortiz, Kwal Paint; Robert’s Professional Painters (RPP of Las Cruces); Teo Regalado and staff from IHOP; Steve Lopez and Texas Roadhouse; Mike Sanchez with Fresh Beats DJ Mobile Service, Ken Gutierrez and staff of ASA Architects; Kevin Quinn and staff of Lowe’s Home Improvement; Memorial Medical Center; MountainView Regional Medical Center; Eli Guzman, Guzman’s Karate; Desert Rental (jumping balloon); Walgreens; CVS Pharmacy; Albertsons; Wal-Mart; C & D Southwest Lumber; Able Signs; Color My World Greenhouse, and many others.DAES-724

For more information, contact Love at 575.527.9506 or


In the six years LCPS has participated in Comcast Cares Day, painting and beautification have been done at Mesilla, Alameda, East Picacho, MacArthur and now Doña Ana elementaries and Zia Middle School. The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $80,000 to the LCPS Foundation because of the volunteer efforts at the first five schools. One half of each donation has gone to the participating school. The Comcast Foundation will make another donation to the LCPS Foundation later this year or early next year based on the record number of volunteers at Doña Ana Elementary Comcast Cast Cares Day.

The 1,463 volunteers who turned out to paint and beautify MacArthur Elementary School last April made it one of the largest and most successful Comcast Cares Day events in the United States in 2012. Based on the number of volunteers and the 6,000 man hours they worked, New Mexico State Director of Comcast Cable John R. Christopher presented the LCPS Foundation with a $20,000 donation at the February 26, 2013 LCPS Board of Education meeting. $10,000 of that amount went to MacArthur Elementary.


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Left to right are Doña Ana Elementary Principal Cherie Love, LCPS Foundation Executive Director (and LCPS Chief of Staff) Leslie Cervantes, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, Board of Education member Barbara Hall, Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips, said Comcast Cable New Mexico Director of Government Affairs John Christopher; and Doña Ana Elementary Assistant Princpal Annette Otero Nuñez.