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Food Assistance
VGE is partnering with Generous Hearts this year! Generous Hearts is an organization that works with Roadrunner Foodbank to distribute food to families in need.  Food pick up is done by individual families on the third Wednesday of every month at a set location.  This is done in similar fashion to a food market, and each family walks away with 100lbs of fresh food. Food choices included fresh meats, produce, dairy, and much more! If you would like to participate in this program, please contact me.  

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School Supply Assistance

Thanks to our wonderful community, we have school supplies available for those who need assistance.  Please contact Angel Brown if you are interested. 

Hello students and families of Vista Grande Elementary.  My name is Angel Brown and I am the new school counselor.  I was born and raised in Albuquerque and became a resident of Rio Rancho in 2011.  I am a recent graduate of UNM with a Master's in Counseling in both school and mental health counseling.  I also received my  Bachelor's from UNM in Psychology and Sociology.  My goal as a school counselor is to assist students through a comprehensive guidance and counseling program, to reach their emotional, social, and academic potential.  This is done through a variety of services. 

Individual Counseling:
Students may be referred to me by teachers, parents, or administrators if they  need additional support at school, or if they would like information for outside counseling services. 

Small Group Counseling:
I work with students in a small group setting during lunch and recess on a variety of topics.  Such topics can include Banana Splits, a group for students who are experiencing separation/divorce, Grief Groups for students who are experiencing loss, Stress Busters to assist students with developing coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, and Skill Builder for assisting students with making good choices about behavior.  

Other groups may be formed based on needs.  If you wish for your child to participate in a small group, please contact me.  

Guidance Curriculum:   Classroom presentations will be provided throughout the school year.  The curriculum that  will be used is 2nd Step, which promotes social skills, emotion regulation, and problem solving.  

Thanks to our wonderful community, we have a great selection of school supplies and backpacks for students if needed. We also have a Kid's Closet which allows parents to share kids' dress code compliant clothing by donating used items. 

Angel Brown, MA, Level I School Counselor 
E-mail: Angel.Brown@RRPS.NET
Phone: 505-771-2366 Ext. 213 

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