WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 10 Number 7
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
Front Of West Should Be Preserved
The following article is an outside contribution to Cervis Kocky Mountain Journal, August 15, 1973, and expresses an opinion on an architectural question with impact on Denver. This article was retained with permission from the author and Cervis Journal.
During the first third of the century each of Denver's compass points was adorned with a high school in period style: North in Beaux Arts, East in Jacobean, South in Pisan Romanesque, and West in an attenuated English Gothic. The three schools built after the era of Mayor Speers infectious chest-thumping were carefully sited to take of park settings: East presided over the City Park Esplanade, South was nestled at the corner of Washington Park, and West was enthroned above Sunken Gardens.
With the Second World War, the vein of civic enthusiasm first struck by Speer was at least as expressed in school design and citing exhausted. The interim has witnessed the growth of a metropolitan landscape dotted with presumably functional but on the whole uninspired school-houses.
The dullness of bur new schools has been compounded by the demolition or heavy-handed remodeling of many of the finer old buildings. New confirmation of this indifference of Denver
school administrators to architectural values will soon be supplied by a three story wing to be attached to the front (east) side of West High School.
Like its peers from the heyday of civic boosterism, West High School is a fake. Structurally it is a no-nonsense steel frame building. But, at the time, Denver was being dressed up as a stage upon which civic drama worthy of a mature, European city could be acted. West ..was therefore decked out in terra cotta work suggestive of Gothic detailing. A central tower, soaring above the front entrance was added and the effect was repeated in diminished fasion by towers on the north and south wings.
As seems fitting, considering Denvers history, West High School faced east. It rested upon stage a stage within the larger Denver civic state lovingly shaped by Mayor Speer: the stage of the Cherry Creek parkway and Sunken Gardens. The name Speer Boulevard hardly permits us to forget that the parkway is the Mayors work. But it is easier to forget about Sunken Gardens.
In 1908 Sunken Gardens was a part of the old Cherry Creek flood plain, a dumping ground for refuse. By 1910, as a result of Speers efforts, the area has been graded and planted and a large geometrically shaped pool constructed. On its uphill, Elati Street side, the pool was framed by an ornamental arbor, a Per-
The map above is a graphic represents' tion of the area around West High School.
gola as it was then styled. The original pergola, a rather crude affair erected by the Westing-house Company (to advertise the virtues of the electrical illumination, given off by the structures numerous light bulbs) was soon replaced by a graceful colonnade reminiscent of the. Alhambra.
After West High School had been constructed in the midtwenties it was decided that the elegant pergola interrupted the view of the new school from the park. As a result the colonnade was replaced by the stairways that climed from the pool to the street. The procession of stairs was visually continued on the west side of Elati by the front staircase of the school itself. In the early 1950s the pool was drained and a landscaped green, preserving the outline of the pool, was Wanted.
Today, the combination of almost-formal landscaping directly in front of the school and the pseudo-English Gothic building and tower makes a dramatic ensemble. The effect, however, is more that of University campuses like Duke or Chicago than of anything European. But anachronistic though it may be, this bit of architectural theater provides welcome relief in an otherwise rather drab corner of the city.
The new front wing that will silence the spectacular colloquy between park and school will have three levels, the same number as the existing building. At the ground level there will be what the architects call a student terrace: this area will be roofed by the upper levels of the wing, it will be open to the outdoors on all sides (albeit the west sides will face the east facade of the present building), and it will apparently be unobstructed apart from the supporting columns.
Above this shaded retreat will be two levels housing, on the first, administration and student services, and on the second, the instructional materials center (this is long for library). These upper floors will be linked with the old building by ramps or drawbbridges which will, perhaps, be equipped to allow an embattled administration to flood the moats and pull up the bridges in time of stress.
Why put this wing in front of the school, blotting out the vista from the park? To this there seems to be only an ad hoc reply. The school district is also planning a new detached physical education building at West High and it has decided to locate this P.E. building directly behind (to the west of) the existing building.
This, it is answered precludes putting the administrative wing on the west.
However, it is not at all obvious why the P.E. building should be located where it is planned since it would be separated from the football and baseball fields by a large parking lot. It does not appear difficult to shift the P.E. building north, closer to the playing fields, thus making room for the administration wing directly west of the present building. Shifting the administration wing to the west side might incidentally provide the occasion for opening .a new front door to the west the direction of the community from which most of the students come.
Regrettably, this may not happen. Instead, the school district will probably proceed with
Over 65% of the residents in the West Side Area are Sapnish sur-named. Nothing reflects the beauty, the culture and the life of the Spanish speaking more than the new Del Peublo Elementary School. The feeling of Mexico is very much alive in the physical make-up of the building with its bright colors and smooth adobe like walls.
The graphics and designs which have been painted on the building are truly Mexican motifs. They were taken from the book Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico. The collection of art materials and seals for this book were collected by the Mexican author Jorge Ecisco. He worked with many Mexican museums and their directors to gather and select materials for his book.
The history and culture of the Spanish-speaking dates back centuries and is reflected in the graphics that have been painted on the walls of the new Del Pueblo.
The designs used on the new building are designs copied from stamps used in ancient Mexico. The stamps were made of clay and used for printing designs on skins, cloth or paper. They were also used to stamp designs on pottery while it was still wet.
The stamps were often traded so their exact origin is hard to determine; however we do know where the stamps were found. Some were found in Mexico City, in Vera Cruz, in Teotihuacan the ancient pyramid city of the Aztecs, others in Guerrero, Chiapas and Michoacan.
the first stage of the school expansion the P.E. building. as presently sited. Objections to the administrative wing now proposed on the east will be met with the reply that, well, wing now proposed on the east will be met with the reply that, well, thats stage two and well cross that bridge when we come ot it, one flaw in this approach is, of course, that in siting sitting the P.E. building, we may be burning that bridge were coming to. We will then be forced by the logic of cross-that-bridge-when-we-come-to-it-ism, to obliterate the schools park facade.
West High will thus join the City Auditorium and a number of hospitals as an irredeemably added-on-to hodge podge. Sunken Gardens will have come full circle: from dump to dump.
The school will have four large learning areas. There will be about 85 children working in each area with three teachers and an aide. The children have been put into four family groups according to their age leves. The families have been given Mexican Indian names to further reflect the theme of the new building. The youngest children are in the Toltec Family, the next oldest in the Zapotec Family, then the Mayan Family and the oldest in the Aztec Family. The school feels it is more important to be concerned with the childs needs, interests and progress than with assignment to grades. This is why the children have been assigned to the four families mentioned above rather than to grades I to 6.
The new school will also have a learning area for 4 and 5 year olds, and another for special education classes. An Auditorium, an art room, a music room, a science room, a lunchroom snf a large colorful gym are also in the new building.
We in the West Side are well aware that our country is a multicultural one. People from various races and ethnic backgrounds and cultures participated in and have contributed much to the beginning and development of our country. The Black, the Indian, the Oriental and the Anglo are some of these groups. The new Del Peublo should aid all of us to appreciate and gain a greater understanding
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Del Pueblo To
Page 2September, 1973WESTSIDE RECORDER
Brothers & Sisters in the West Side,
For many years lots of people have been involved in what became a new Elmwood project. Today that project is a reality. Escuela Del Pueblo, which means the school of the people. This school does belong to the people. It is a beautiful school, the educational ideas are beautiful and the building is beautiful. The bright colors depict the cheerfulness of the Mexican people. The designs on the walls are Indian symbols which tell us about their life.
Let us be proud of the school, and in so doing let us keep it beautiful. One person has already painted a slogan on the 8th Ave. wall. That is not good. Let us not paint slogans on walls any wall. It is not that we are against that particular slogan, but any slogan, even if it were to say Jesus Saves or God Loves You. Inside or outside our homes we can paint whatever we wish, but in a building that belongs to the people is not a good idea. Paintings like at RFK or Lincoln Park are beautiful, but slogans are not.
Ramiro Cruz Aedo
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The St. Joseph Grade School serves nutritious meals every school day. Students may buy lunch for thirty cents (30c).
Children from families whose income is at or below those shown on the attached scale are eligible for meals free or at the reduced prices of fifteen cents (15*) for lunch. If your income is greater than those shown but you have unusually (1) high medical bills, (2) shelter costs excess of 30 percent of your income, (3) special education expenses due to the mental or physical condition of a child; or, (4) disaster or casualty losses, your children may still be eligible.
To apply for free or reduced price meals for your children, at anytime during the year, complete the attached application and return it to the school. The school will let you know whether or not your children are eligible within ten days of receiving your application. If you do not agree with the schools decision you have a right to a fair hearing. This can be cone by calling or writing Reverend Patrick Sullivan at 605 West 6th Ave. Phone 534-4408.
In certain cases foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If you have such children living with you and wish to apply for such meals for them, please notify us or indicate it on the application.
All children are treated the same regardless of ability to pay. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of his race, sex, color, or national origin.
If we can be of any further assistance or if your income changes during the year, please contact us.
Sincerely, Sister Catherine Mary Principal Reverend Patrick Sullivan Pastor
Project Head Start has a new policy this year which has come from Washington. Despite all the rumors, I would like to put all parents at ease. All centers must have 90% and of their children enrolled as lower socio-economic children. There is' no charge if you and your child fall within this 90% and the staff will do everything possible to get this done.
The other 10% (one in every ten) can be over-income but a monthly fee must be charged. This is based upon your income. Again, the staff will do all they can to make the fee as small as possible.
If you are interested in enrolling your child, call Rose Lopez at the Raggedy Ann Head Start Center, 215 West 5th Avenue (244-2855, or Marie Martinez at the Auraria Center, 1212 Mariposa (534-7614).
Thank you, Sam Abeyta, Director Project Head Start Auraria Community Center
To the Editor of the Recorder:
A commission has been holding hearings to determine whether the McGovem-Frazier guidelines set up to assure an equitable selection process in choosing delegates to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 should be retained in their present form or altered. Under the guidelines, which suggested a pro rata representation of women, youth and minorities, we Colorado Democrats were exemplary in sending a delegation of 18 men and 18 women to the convention at Miami Beach. Our first congressional youth delegate was Gary Mundt whose power base was Vietnam Veterans against the War. We sent Celina Garcia, age 18 and two months out of Denvers South High School, as a regular delegate but who met qualifications as a female, youth, minority and poor and was, of course, attending a national convention for the first time. We sent eleven Chi-canos and eight blacks from the state. This may be considered an overrepresentation of the minorities, depending on ones viewpoint. George Wallace would probably feel that one black was too many.
ggSt. Joes News
Sister Cathreine Mary Kuper of St. Josephs grade and middle schools today announced a free and reduced price meal policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in schools under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Local school officials have adopted the following family-size income criteria for use in determining eligibility.
Children from families whose income is at or below those shown are eligible for medls free or at reduced prices. In addition, families not meeting this criteria but with other unusual expenses due to unusually high medical expenses, shelter costs in excess of 30 percent of income, special education. expenses due to the mental or physical condition of a child, and disaster or casualty losses are urged to apply.
They may do so by filling in the application forms sent home in a letter to parents. Additional copies are available at the principals office in each school. The information provided in the application will be confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.
In certain cases foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a family has such children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals for them, they should contract the school.
In the operation of child feed-
; OUR POSITION
The Republican party, operating without the benefit of such guidelines could not find a single black or Chicano in the state qualified to be a delegate to its convention. The Democrats did not send a single office holder to Miami Beach at least not from the first congressional district with which I am most familiar. The Republican slate was headed by Senators Dominick and Allott, Governor Love, Rep. McKevitt, etc., which smacks of the idea of judge, jury and executioner in that they select themselves to be the government. If the Democrats did select too many poor, blacks and Ghicanos, the Republicans selected too many millionaires and office holders.
WHO MET MULTIPLE QUALIFICATIONS. Mr.
Dominick is a millionaire, office holder and perennial convention goer.
Nothing in our guidelines discriminates against an officeholder as a delegate, but he must go through the selection process from the precinct caucus on up. Our party big-wigs who were certain that they would automatically be selected as delegates because that is the way it had always been were rudely disappointed. They will not make this mistake again and using their political know-how will probably cut into the strong representation of youth and minorities. Thus,, the guidelines have their own potential for selfcorrection and should not be altered.
Admittedly, sending our young unsophisticates who could not find a smoke filled room and would not know how to operate if they found one, was a poor way to tryto win an election against the gang from Watergate who did not know anything but back room intrigue. But without any taste of sour grapes, I would rather have lost with the guidelines as we did than have won with Watergate.
We should retain the guidelines and look to a chastened and wiser electorate to make the proper choice between the handiwork of our unsophisticates and that of the Watergate type masterminds.
Hugh J. Gilmartin
ing programs, no child will be discriminated against because of his race, sex, color, or national origin.
Under the provision of the policy the principal, Catherine Mary Kuper will review applications and determine eligibility.
If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official he may make a request either orally or in writing to Rev. Patrick V. Sullivan whose address is 605 W. 6th Ave. for a hearing to appeal the decision.
Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.
A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the files of the office United States Department of Agriculture, 1100 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas 75202 where it may be reviewed by any interested party.
Chicano Studies News at Metro
Over two hundred students have enrolled in Chicano Studies classes during the summer quarter at Metropolitan State College. This is the largest enrollment they have had since the department was established two years ago.
Professor Rueben Aguirre, chairman of the department adds that the growth of the department is evidenced by the growing interest oi students desiring to learn and understand the rich cultural heritage of the Chicano people of the southwest. Classes are offered inlanguage, history, culture and community field experience.
For years now the Westside has been under severe pressure from downtown Denver, Auraria College, an expanding Denver General Hospital, heavy and light industry, not to mention outside speculation by absentee landlords. Some have* argued that the Westside wont even exist in 1980 as it does today because of the citys comprehensive plan that calls for this community to be high rise apartments.
However, the citys officials and those who constantly criticize this communities efforts to remain residential have not taken into account the residents who live in this area, and their conviction to redevelop and maintain the residential family character of the neighborhood.
True, any one improvement taken by itself could not be looked at as a wise investment by the city, but just as there can be no simplistic approach to dealing with any problem, one fnust look at all of the efforts going on in the Westside, and view each improvement on its own merits and how it contributes to the larger picture.
Examples are many, the new Del Pueblo Elemfentary School promises to be an exciting experiment in providing the children of this community with innovative approaches to education and should demonstrate to the Denver Public School System that bi-cultural and bi-lingual education
This ^summer Fr. Frank Ryan and Fr. Marti Marquez began their assignments as associate pastors at St. Josephs Catholic Church. Fr. Ryan will be chaplain at Denver General Hospital; Fr. Marquez will be working in the parish and with the team ministry.
Fr. Ryan was born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in numerous states during his thirty years as a Redemptorist priest. For eighteen years, he was a par-sih priest. He has also served in a Mission House, taught at the seminary, and worked at many weekend retreats.
During the past year, Fr. Ryan was in Mexico and can now speak some Spanish he claims that his Spanish is not broken but fractured. He worked with Redemptorist churches in a number of poorer neighborhoods in Mexico and visited Guadalajara, Cuerna-V vaca, IrapuatQ, and Tampico.
His appointment as chaplain at Denver General Hospital fulfills a life long dream to live in the West and see the mountains and experience some of the history here in Colorado.
Several times*in life he has been hospitalized for an extended period of time and feels that he can appreciate what people are going through when they are hospitalized. Besides bedside visits and emergency services at the Denver General Hospital, he will conduct the Mass three times a week at the chapel.
Fr. Marti Marquez came to St. Jsephs Curch the summer of 1972, and after another year of seminary he accepted an appointment to serve as an associate pastor for the church. He has now been at the church for two months and has been involved in many activities at the church and
only serves to strengtnen society as a whole, and should not be viewed negatively as it was in the past.
A new health cen;ter is to be built on Kalamath to replace the old house and two trailers that are currently serving as a health facility.
Construction of a new recreation center at Lincoln Park is well underway, and a new center is in the Mayors budget for the residents who live south of 6th Avenue.
After West Denver lost the Bi-, Centennial Housing, community groups in the Westside have been active in trying to salvage some housing programs with emphasis on home maintenance and redevelopment, a high-rise to serve the needs of the elderly is still a very real possibility, and there are 17 family units to be built on scattered vacant lots in the area, and last but not least, a housing program under the direction of C.E.D.A. aimed developing the key to any redevelopment effort, that of more home ownership by the residents of the area.
When one measures, the benefits of inner city living versus the flight to suburbia, the choice is crystal clear, residents of West Denver should be commended for their redevelopment efforts and encouraged to fight for their dreams that one day they become a reality, and that other communities benefit from the, lessons learned by the Westside.
in the community.
Because he grew up in Omaha in a neighborhood where there were no Mexican Americans, Fr. Marquez was never taught the Spanish language by his parents. His brother had a difficult time in first grade because his English was poor; therefore, Fr. Marquez was not taught Spanish.
Fr. Marquez will be working with the team ministry, which is a program of St. Catejans, St. Elizabeths, Presentation and St. Jsephs churches to better Serve the neighborhood he will also be developing a religious education program for St. Jsephs schools and will be teaching religious education program for St. Josephs schools and will be teaching religious education to youth attending public school on Wednesday evening.
Prior to'coming to St. Josephs, Fr. Marquez completed graduate school in Christian Education. He now hopes to attend some schooling in San Antonio, Texas to learn Spanish and more about the Mexican American culture.
While in seminary, Fr. Marquez worked during the summers in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver in Redemptorist churches. For several years he also talked with men and tried to interest them in becoming candidates for priesthood. During the past year at seminary, he conducted adult and teen groups in New York, which was near the seminary.
Both priests intend to remain at St. Josephs parish and in the Westside community for a full three year term or longer. They have both found Westsiders very friendly and helpful as they begin their work in the church and in the community.
Two New Pastors Begin At St. Josephs Church
WESTSIDE RECORDERSeptember, 1973Page 3
This month the Westside Recorder is profiling Mr. John Flores, 1319 Navajo, for his accomplishments of contemporary fine art.
Bom in El Paso, Texas on August 30, 1933, Mr. Flores has grown up and lived in the Southwest all of his life. His father, a stone cutter in Texas, migrated to New Mexico during the depression to work in the mine fields and eventually gravitated to Denver where Mr. Flores grew up. While attending Fairview Elementary and Lake Jr. High, he became acquainted with an elederly man named Don Marcelino Escalera. This man taught Mr. Flores many of the concepts he uses today in his work. Perhaps the greatest contribuion Mr. Escalera made to Mr. Flores was to emphasize the close study of features and detail in his work. Even today, this closeness to detail is a hallmark of John Flores work.
Even though Mr. Flores has not received formal education in the field of art, he is now sought after by several schools and universities to teach his techniques- He has painted full-time these past three years, prior to that his art work was done on a part-time basis, either before or after lie got off his regular job.
Mr. Flores wife and five children are all enrolled in school. Anna Flores to whom he has been married to for twenty years will be graduating from Metro State College in March with a degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in political science. She hopes to enroll in Denver University Law School next year.
The couples oldest daughter Patricia is a freshman at Metro State with an e^e bn a psychology degree. Genevieve, the next oldest is a sophomore premedical student at the Univserity of Colorado in Boulder. Louis is a senior at West High School and is now looking into college pos-Sibilites for the future. Johnny is a 7th grade student at Baker, and the youngest of the family, Theresa is in the 5th grade at Greenlee.
Art encompasses John Flores total life experience. When he sees an old man, he said he sees
more than the physical human, but rather he sees the joy, the hardship, the very life experience that the individual has encountered, and he tries to convey these feelings in his work.
Mr. Flores prefers to paint as a contemporary fine artist using primarily pastels, but also oils, charcoals, and water colors. He respects those who choose to paint in modern art form, but said that he could not capture the feeling of his people using that type of art. Being raised in the Southwest, much of his work has taken on an ethnic flavor that is indigenous to this region of the countr. Being part Apache and part Mexican he has used art as a method of conveying the culture, the heritage and the contemporary feelings of these ethnic groups, and this is how is should be.
Mr. Flores said that when you buy a painting ypu,.alsp purchase the' feeling of theJ artist. After viewing his work there can be no denial that John Flores is truly a compassionate man, who is sharing his talent for the benefit of us all.
Examples of Mr. Flores work can be viewed at the DeColores Art Gallery located at 2817 East Third Avenue in Denver. He also has art exhibits in Taos, New Mexico, Juarez, Mexico, Bell-ville, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Some Examples of Artist Flores Work
WEEK-END October 5
(Gym) 6th & Galapago
BIG FALL FESTIVAL
Friday 7 pm Saturday 7 pm Sunday 1 pm on
For kids of all ages
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(2years to 102 years)
OCT. 5, 6, 7
GRAND RAFFLE Sunday Night Late:
You All Come !
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Fred De Herrera relaxes before meeting with staff.
Chris Vigil is checking facilities at Camp Malo.
Youth Education Services Offered
Today, many youth are confronted with the complex society of which they are a part of, and in view there is an increasing need for youth services. With a coordination of efforts and resources from youth serving agencies, a .project hag been implemented in Denver Westside Community, which is known as the Westside Youth Development Project.
A vital component in dealing with youth development is education. West Denver is served by West HighjSchool, Baker Jr. High and feeder elementary schools. The majority of youth problems in west Denver arise as the result of school problems such as attendance and behavior disorders in the classroom.
The Educational Component of this project will function between child, parent and the school wherever it can meet the needs. Hopefully through this we will enable parents and youth to relate to the. educational experience which is greatly needed.
The Educational Coordinators would take referrals (youth with problems arising from school) directly from the school and be responsible for follow through with the solution designed to ameliorate the problem for youth and parents. Expanding.on the need for community involvement. The Coordinators will provide services in assisting schools in arranging for parent conferences when needed, therefore being aliaison between the school and home to assist with improved communications. These communications are a major factor in discovering problem areas relating to youth and his family which generally coincide with one another.
At the present, the Westside Youth Develop ment Project is
not a service agency but we are working with agencies that can provide the services needed. If the case should be one in which family services are needed and are in turn affecting 'the pupil, there referrals will be made to the agencies providing services designed to improve the situation for the youth and parents. Followup measures are provided to insure that parents and youth make and keep necessary appointments in seeking services. It is anticipated that suspensions, expulsions and truancy filings will be reduced through the efforts of this program.
Westside Youth Development Project
How concerned are you with youth in our community?
The Westside Youth Development Project is set up to try and work with youth who have the tendencies of entering the Juvenile Courts. A hearing panel was set up in the project to try and find solutions to the youths various problems and now Chris Vigil, Hearing Panel Coordinator is recruiting community people to sit on the panel. The Hearing Panel meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. A five dollar ($5.00) expense fee will be paid for each meeting.
Youth and adults sit on the panel and the ages are: Youth 14-21, and adults 21 and up.
If you are interested in trying to help our youth please contact Chris Vigil at 1102 Santa Fe or call 572-8281, hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
YMCA Offers Child Development Course
The YWCA of Metropolitan Denver is offering an innovative program in early childhood development Friday mornings at the Tremont Building, 1545 Tremont Place, beginning September 28. Entitled Fit by 5, the 10-week programs main objective is the development of the physicalfitness and body awareness of the four and five year old child. It is an outgrowth of the YWCAs successful Mommie and Me program, which focuses on the two and three year old child as he gains physical competence in swimming and locomotor movements. At the same time, he works on a one-to-one relationship with his or her mother. They Fit by 5 program centers upon the child working directly with the instructor. Registration must be complete by September 21.
~ Forms are available at the Tremont Building and must be returned by mail.
The Fit by 5 program, was developed by Mrs. Lynn Beall, YWCA Adult Program Director. During the morningprogram the children will have the opportunity to gain competence in balance, tumbling skills, and locomotor movements.
Mrs. Beall feels that the YWCA is most fortunate to have the expertise of Mike Pickering, noted Denver professional gymnast and trampoline instructor, to work' with the youngsters. He states, The use of large muscles in vigorous activity is necessary for small; children for optimum physical growth. Exercise is needed for good body mechanics and, as with all learning, motor movements, benefit from instruction. Much of motor learning is learning of a pattern and practice is important.
Mrs. Beall adds, Its important for a child to achieve success which in turn, gives satisfaction. Failure of anything, either physical or mental endeavors, gives dissatisfaction. By providinglearning experiences in physical awareness and body movement, the child is able to handle his or her body in a successful way. A good self image emerges.
With so many passive opportunities for entertainment, as noted by the numerous TV programÂ§_which children watch, it is felt this type of.program will help to make both parents and their children increasingly aware of the emotional, social, and physical needs of the growing child.
The mothers who attend the program will be involved in a learning situation by discussion of the book CHILDREN THE CHALLENGE by Rudolph Dreikurs. The discussion leaders will be YWCA volunteers, Mrs. Betty Graul and Mrs. Jean Hoffman. Each has become a course leader after attending earlier sessions.
Further information about Fit by 5 is available by calling 825-7141.
The Lincoln Park Boys Club at 721 West 8th Ave., is now under the directorship of Ronnie Maynes.
Ronnie has been a resident of West Denver all his life. He invites all residents and agencies to come and visit the club and find out more about the programs.
We are currently signing up boys for football the age groups are 7, 8, 9 years, flagg football; 10, 11, 12 years tackle football; and 13, 14, 15 years tackle football.
Left to right are Dennis Castro, Johnny Carabajal, Claude Burg (doorway looking in). The above youth were referred from the elementary schools in West Denver to the Westside Youth Development Project.
I Am Home
I am home to reside in my community indefinitely from Los Angeles Calif, to do what I can and all l ean for the Community.
While away from the Westside Ive spent time in my Etpeneace my education and working with various youth groups. Involving counseling, coordinating and supervising youth activities. Learning more and more about drugs at the San Antoine Health etc* This. helped me to. be informed of the hangups behind drugs.
As a volunteer worker at Salt Lake Park in Huntington Park Calif, with the Mauraders (a football team), and the Marauder-ettes (their cheer leaders), the trips with the Florence Community Brownies in L.A. the work with the Head Start little ones on the Indian Reservation in Reno Nevada, my part with the opening of a new clinic for Migrant workers in Sommerton Arizona, was great satisfaction which helped to prepare me for the work that lies ahead here in my beloved Westside.
The Westside Youth Development has given me the opportunity to share and express my ideas and experiences with the young .people in the project boundaries.
Canon City Excursion
The Westside Youth Development Project, 1102 Santa Fe, was invited to the Colorado State Penitentiary on August 9, 1973 to attend a LADS Meeting (Latin American Development Society) Â§ Transportation was provided by the Auraria Community Center.
The Westside Youth Development Project is set up towards diverting youth in the Westside from entering into the Juvenile Justice System. It is a well known fact that once a child begins processing though the court systems, that child becomes institutionalized. Our goal is to catch that Child and find his abilities and his interests to prevent his. being institutionalized. Although, all the assistance the project is able to provide to the clinet and family is necessary in diversionary process,, we feel that these children have to find out the truth and the hard-core facts about
what the penitentiary is all about.
The LADS meeting for this monthly session centered around the Committee to Assist Young People. The objective o.f this committee is to divert youth from going to the penitentiary or any similar institution. By
. rapping with the youth on a one to one basis the inmates feel that they can relate to them because their identity and backgrounds are similar with those of the kids in the westside 1 today. The project staff feels that this type of first-hand informative experience is necessary to achieve our goals of diversion.
The excursion consisted of a tour through the prison facilities and the cellhouses, attendance at the LADS meeting in the evening, discussion on the Seriousness of Incarceration,'and a one to one rap session will be conducted between student and inmate.
FREE! Fix-Up and Clean-Up
Do you have something to do around your homes that you might need help with? The Westside Youth Development Project Summer Education and employment Program is now in progress and the work teams are in need of work assignments in the Westside area.
The four teams will do work ranging from cleaning up yards to painting fences, cutting grass. The necessary tools must be furnished to the teams in order for work to be done. The teams; will not do any trash hauling.
These jobs will be done free of; charge if you are in any way disabled or do not have children around who can be of help to you. -
. For appointments call Gilbert Troncosa at 255-5493 or Andy, Garcia or Carlos Perez at 572-8281.
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AFTER SCHOOL JOBS:
The Boys club has job openings for counter boys, and locker room boys. You must be at least 13 years or older. See Ronnie at the club.
The above youth and adults are participating in the employment component of the Summer Education and Employment Motivation Project. Pictured left to right are Tim Duran, School Liason, Leroy Romero, Team Leader, Johnny Carabajal, Claude Burg, Joe Franco, and Onesimo Gonzales Jr.
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Antioch Jaurez-Lincoln Opens Satellite Learning in Denver
The Antioch Juarez-Liricoln Center, one of five centers that make up the Antioch Graduate School of Education located in Austin, Texas, has recently started a satellite learning center in Denver.
The Center is conjunction with the Colorado Migrant Council leased a building at 630 Sherman St. to house its operation.
The Juarez-Lincoln Graduate School is based on the University-Without Walls concept. It is the premise of this concept that the education received by the students is caused by the surroundings in which they must learn to function.
The Center allows its students to maintain full-time employment whereever they are located, giving the student the major responsibility of designing his curriculum or practicum.
The Juarez-Lincoln students do not attend regular classes, but they are required to earn 60 units of credit through a rigorous work-study program 15 months in length. The program leads to a Masters of Education degree.
Each student chooses and completes the minimum of seven projects to become competent in curriculum development and evaluation, community and staff development, parental education, and develop ment of research resources .and, administrative procedures..
Academic 1 reviews are scheduled at regular intervals for each student. The students also have mid-term orals and final orals at which they defend their work before faculty, peers and family.
The Juarez-Lincoln program has been accredited by the North Central Association which accredits Antioch College. Those completing the course of study are eligiole for the master degree pay scale in the Colorado education system.
The faculty and statt oi tne satellite office are presently recruiting masters candidates for fall quarter which begins October 1, 1973. Deadline for spring quarter is March 1,1973.
Anyone wishing more information on the program should contact Mr. Manuel Aragon or Ms. Corinne Rodriguez, Archuleta at 630 Sherman St. or call 892-6598.
Auraria Head Start
We the staff at Auraria Head Start are glad to be starting a new year. This year we are accepting 3 year old children. We still have a few openings.
We are happy to announce that one of our former teacher aides, Pat Carlos, is now a teacher at Raggedy Ann Head Start. We have a new aide at Auraria by the name of Ginger Haruf, who will be working with the morning teacher, Eleanor Lucero. Rose Young is the teacher in the afternoon class, her assistant is Lenore Nieto. Our community aide Marie Martinez is doing a fine job in involving parents in our Head Start. We are looking forward to a good year. If you would like your child enrolled in Head Start please contact Marie Martinez 534-7614.
The third summer program of Project Freedom was funded by Boettcher Foundation with in-kind services and space donated by Denver Public Schools. Fifteen students participated in the educational program which was held at 1717 Federal.
John Doyle, Susannah DeLeon, and Mary Loomis were the teachers for the program which was held in the morning and gave 10 hours of junior high school credit to participants who completed the program.
During the program, the group took trips to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Red Rocks for a picnic, Elitch Gardens for rides and recreation, and the Air Force Academy. The trips were available to those who did well in their reading, math, science and social studies.
The following students received credih during the summer session for course work:
Jenise Dickson Science and Social Studies; Tammy Valdez B- Science and English; Valerie Trujillo Â§g Science and English: Teresa Martinez Science and English; George Edward Garcia
Science and Math; Bobby DeLeon Science and Math; Nilos Green Science and Math; Ron Quezada Social Studies and English; Susan Barella
Science and Math;' Raymond Ruiz Science and English; Tony Ray DeLeon B Science and Math:
These students are to be congratulated for they not only gained more knowledge so that they passed their courses, but they became more adult and. responsible with themselves and in their relationships with other persons.
A new program for home ownership is being initiated by the Housing Development Department of the Colorado Economic Development Association (CEDA). Studies indicate' that a large percentage of the low-income housing needs in the Denver Metropolitan area are not being met. Based on this, fact, C.E.D.A., the Westside Coalition, Auraria Community Center, and Brothers Redevelopment have developed a program to meet the needs of this sector of the Denver population. The purpose of the program is to achieve home ownership for those low to moderate income families who cannot otherwise take part in the very competitive consumer housing market. The program has been designed to assist those families who are marginal in qualifying for home ownership because of lack of sufficient down payment and other difficulties.
This program will be directed at securing low-income housing ($18,000 maximum) for families who show a sincere desire for home ownership.
C.E.D.A., while aware of the tight housing and money situations in the Denver-Metro area, views this endeavor as an alternative to the present means for obtaining home ownership. It is felt that this program is a necessary step that must be taken in order to find a solution to the low-income housing problem in the Denver area.
Anyone interested in such a program is invited to contact Mr. Fred Acosta or Mr. Ed Esquibel at the C.E.D.A. office at 735 Curtis Street or telephone them at 255-0421 for information.
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La Raza Head Start
Our LARASA (Latin American Research and Service Agency) Head Start is on the move again and off to many activities and a fantastic curriculum for the 1973-74 school year.
Our enrollment is substantial but we always welcome new children. Our staff has been recruiting but sometimes we are unable to reach all the homes in the community. For the children that we were unable to reach our Head Start Centers are open to all children ranging from age 3 to 5 year olds.
Casa Alegre Head Start Center is located at 465 Galapago: telephone 892-5967. The morning class is staffed by Margaret Garcia, teacher; Jo Norman, Teacher -aide; the afternoon class is staffed by Mary Lou Moorehead, teacher; Mary Elvera Baca, teacher aide: and the community aide is Rose Olvera.
Los Ninos Head Start Center is located at 430 W. 9th Ave.; telephone 244-0632. The morning class is staffed by Mildred Silva, teacher: Elvira JOsue, teacher aide; the afternoon class is staffed by Vivian DeCardenas, teacher: Aurora Martinez, teacher aide: and the community aide is Rosalie Padilla.
Brentwood Guadalupe Head Start Center is located at 1903 W. Evans Ave., telephone 936-5363. The morning class is staffed by Helen Miller, teacher; Bernie Sierra, teacher aide: the afternoon class is staffed by Darlene Ortega, teacher; Rosalie Patterson, teacher aide: and the community aide is Elsie Valdez. Our staff at all three centers are professional and highly qualified in every aspect of the Head Start curriculum.
The first day back to school was September 10, 1973. On the 17th of September several of the staff participated in the September 16th parade celebrating Mexican Independence day.. We had two floats in the parade decorated with posters from
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of other contributing goups, the Spanish speaking. A greater awareness and understaning of all groups and their contribution is important to not only the West Side but to our entire Metropolitan area and indeed our country.
This community can. truly be proud of the new Del Peublo School and is invited to take a special interst in participating in activities there and in helping to take care of the beautiful new building. For truly Del Peublo reflects the beauty and ideas of the Mexican Indian culture, one of important contributors to our country.
Veronica Martinez, Michelle Gonzales, and Henry Hernandez display their excitement over the expected opening of Del Pueblo School sometime this November. Pictured in back of the trio is one of the original Mexican designs that decorate the new school building.
fairy tale land.
Out of seven agencies, our Larasa agency was selected by GDA (Community Development Assn.) out of Community College to work with all our staff in Career Development. This will be a great help to all of us. Also Red Cross will be working with our families and staff.
One of our specific goals is to implement the bilingual education which many of our non-English speaking children benefit from and also our non-Spanish speaking.
Our Head Start children receive free physical examinations, dental, and speech evaluations. Free lunches and snacks are served daily.
We have several new people starting with us this year. They are as follows:
Mary Lou Moorehead She is the new afternoon teacher- at Casa Alegre Head Start Center. Mary Lou comes back to us after taking a leave of absence. During this leave of absence she worked at J.F.K. Child Development Center studying child development.
Mary Elvera Baca is our new teacher aide at Casa Alegre Head Start Center. She lives at 472 Elati.
Rose Olvera is our new Community Aide at Casa Alegre Head Starts Rose was on our policy committee last year, and lives at 431 Fox.
Elsie Valdez is our new Community Aide at Brentwood Guadalupe Head Start Center. She is presently taking Darlene Ortegas place who is ill. Nancy was our Social Worker last year.
Marha Perales is ,our new Social Worker. She comes to us after working a year at J.F.K. J Child Development Center where she studied child development and social work. She lives at 453 Delaware St.
Welcome to all our new staff.
For more information, inquiries, or registration our office is located at 830 Elati. tele-ohone 255-0562.
Auraria Offers Guitar Lessons
Auraria Community Center will be offering guitar lessons this fall, beginning October 1st. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Classes will be limited to five and will be filled according to a first come first serve basis. Participants must furnish their own instruments.
Other programs offered at Auraria this fall will.be:
Sewing; Arts & Crafts for Senior Citizens Fridays 9:00 a.m. and Arts & Crafts for young adults Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Woodshop evenings; Spanish and Girls Volleyball evenings.
Parish Needs Volunteers
In the past years by this time we have been able to give you the list of programs, but this year, for various reasons, we are not yet able to do so. When the time comes we will pass fliers in the community, and list them in the next issue of the Recorder, there has been one program for elementary girls that has been wonderful the Girl Scounts. This year we do not have a Girl Scout leader to carry on with the activities. For this reason we are asking the community for a volunteer. If there is a mother who has had experience in this area and who is willing to volunteer one day a week to work with the Girl Scouts please call the Inner City Parish, at 244-2636.
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Support Our Struggle
This past spring and summer, the United Farm Workers (UFW) declared grape strikes in the Coachella Valley, Kern, Fresno and Tulare counties when the grape growers refused to re-negoiate with the UFW. Like the lettuce growers in 1970, the grape growers in 1970, the grape growers signed agreements with the Teamsters without workers elections.
thugs attacked UFW picket lines, beating men, women and children with lead pipes, clubs, tire irons, machetes and rocks.
The violence erupted into
death last month when two strikers were killed.- On August 13, Arab farm worker Nagi Dai-fullah, age 24 had his skull crushed in Lamont, Calif., by Kern County Deputy Sheriff Gerold Cooper. Just three days later, Juan de la Cruz, 60 year old, long time UFW member, was shot to death in the chest by a strike breaker as he peacefully picketed on the road adjoining the Guimarra Ranch at Wheeler Ridge near Lamont.
As a result of these deaths, Cesar Chavez, UFW Director, called off the picket lines, and over 600 strikers chose to go across the United States and as far north as Canada to work on the boycotts.
The Luis Garcia family from Poerterville and the Jesus
Valderama family from Bakersfield, Calif., are working in Denver now. Koro Korukawa from Delano is also a new Denver Boy-cotter.
Union activities in Center, Colorado, this past summer concentrated on the strike against the Mel Finerman Company, the second largest lettuce grower in the U.S. Finerman refused to renegotiate his UFW contract and signed with the Teamsters.
The strikes talked many workers out of the lettuce fields. Eventually after many delays, the UFW won its court case against Finerman for the right of UFW organizers to enter Finer-mans camp to talk to the workers.
Gall and Franzia wineries refused to renegotiate their contracts with UFW. BOYCOTT GALLO AND FRANZIA BROS. WINES!!!!
The Denver Boycott needs everyones help and support to boycott Safeway, the largest chain store in the United States, which refuses to buy UFW grapes and lettuce. In addition, do not buy grapes and lettuce unless you see the black Aztec eagle lable.
Anyone who can spare a few hours to help the Denver Boy-cotters please call 534-2562 or 534-2471.
Football Program Is Underway At Auraria,
This years football season is underway. It began September 1st and will last until November 30th. As of Friday September 14th, at least eighty boys had been issued their uniforms, which are provided by the Police Athletic League.
There are five Aztec teams this year. The Junior Bs (ie. 8 and 9 year olds) are this year being coached by John McPhearson who is an. elementary school teacher at Westwood Elementary. Gil Ortiz from the Police Store Front and his assistant Dan Hudson are in charge of the 10 year old Junior As. Ben Burg from Inner City Parish who has coached baseball and football for the Aztecs in previous years is coaching the intermediates this year. This particular team is
made up of eleven year olds. The Senior Bs (ie. 12 year olds) are being coached by Joe Romero from the Westside Youth Development Project and Sonny Soriano of the same agency is in charge of our oldest team, the Senior As. Practice for the Senior A.s, Bs and Intermediates is held every Tuesday and Thursday at LincolnPark. Their games will be scheduled on Saturdays at various parks throughout the city. The Junior teams practice every Monday, and Wednesday and will have their games scheduled on Friday evenings after school.
We wish our teams the best of luck and hope that this will be a winning season for the Aztecs from the Westside.
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Emily griffith Opportunity School office occupations classes are now open for immediate enrollment, according to Robert Polski, department coordinator.
Day and evening classes in bookkeeping, office machines, typing, shorthand, data processing, business English and secretarial skills are available tuition free to Denver residents on a first-come, first-served basis, polski said. Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
Students may register at the Opportunity School main complex 1250 Welton, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m- to 4:30 p.m.
Polski said the school also is authorized to give state -and federal civil service proficiency examinations for typing and shorthand to eligible students. Counseling services for office occupations programs also are available. For more information about the classes, call Opportunity School at 572-8218.
'Parents Against Drugs Organize
Auraria Community Center will be working with the D.P.S. Drug Program in the Westside this year.
The focus will be on parent education and involvement. Plans are being made at this time and the Parents Against Drugs Group has planned a meeting for Thursday, October 4,1973, at Auraria Community Center, 1212 Mariposa.
The parents who organized the group felt that parent education about drugs should be one of the goals of the group, using whatever resources available in our area.
. Anyone interested in joining the group, please call Auraria 534-7614 and leave, name and phone numbers.
Brothers Redevlopment, Inc. (BRI) has now been involved in 85 projects for people in Westside and Southwest Denver. Though the individual homeowner pays for the materials, BRI supplies, the labor at no cost, and they have saved people in the neighborhood approximately $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) in labor costs.
During the past two months there have been twenty-three projects. Two were complete remodeling jobs on homes; four projects involved inside and) or outside painting; four agencies were helped with hanging doors, electrical work, or more extensive construction; and other projects involved digging a water line, putting on a new roof, installing kitchen cabinets, and checking out a furnace.
Elmer and Ruth Brandt and Paul Alison left BRI during August and September. Paul Alisons term of service as a conscientious objector was completed and the Brandts finished their one year of voluntary service. Both Paul and Elmer were carpenters.
With the VISTA program, two new workers began working during the summer. Steve Ebers is a carpenters helper and Jay Miller is an electrician. These two^ fellows are working with others on the construction crew; Larry Bonds, Kirby Leland, and Steve Reidenbaugh. Manuel Martinez is the executive director of the program, and Richard Miller serves as contractor.
BRI instills pride in people through all of its projects for the people themselves arrange to purchase the materials. Spriitual growth occurs as workers and homewoners share food and rap with each other. Each of the families also agress to help out the next person after their home is finished. BRI involves many volunteers from the community and from the churches in Denver.
A person who wishes to use the construction services of BRI
should call the office at 861 Gala-page (573-5107j\ Help is based on need, not federal pverty guidelines.
Richard Miller Joins BRI Staff
Richard Miller joined the Brothers Redvelopment, Inc./staff to serve as a contractor, to prepare projects for construction, and to help with carpentry. He will be working at the BRI office at 861 Galapago (473-5107) under the direction of Manuel Martinez, who is the executive director.
Originally from Goshen, Indiana, Rich worked in some of tne trailer lactones and did some designing for mobile homes there. For three years, he worked in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in home construction. During the last eighteen months Rich was again involved in designing homes.
Then Rich Miller left Indiana for Albuquerque, New Mexico, to spend two years in voluntary service. In Albuquerque, he served as a youth secretary for Rocy Mountain Conference and was involved in the planning of Lords Half-Way House, a community project.
South Broadway Project Bootstrap hired Rich to work on the remodeling of homes in the Indian and Mexican American sections of Albuquerque. Most of the homes that Bootstrap remodeled were quite extensive renovation projects as they transformed old adobe homes into modern residences. He worked as contractor and also helped with the building of many of these projects.
and also helped with the building of many of these projects.
Richard and Kathy Miller moved to Denver the first of June. Kathy will be going to school to become a dental assistant. She has already helped with several projects around the community and had previously worked in Albuquerque.
Brothers Redevelopment Loses Two Dedicated Volunteers
On September 1, 1973, Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. (BRI) lost one of its first workers and two very dedicated full-time volunteers: Elmer and Ruth Brandt. The Brants came to Denver from Goessel, Kansas, for three months in the spring of 1972; they came back again in September and worked for BRI for one year.
While Ruth Brandt worked at the Denver Inner City Parish four full days per week as a teacher assistant in the preschool, Elmer helped BRI in carpentry and construction. Mrs. Brandt worked with forty children per day; Mr. Brandt worked with remodeling projects and enjoyed the families in each of the homes.
During their year and three months of working on the West-side, this Mennonite couple worked on the following projects: Mr. and Mrs Ben Olivas, 735 Elati Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Blanscet, 1046 W.SthAve.
Mr. and Mrs. A1 Sanchez, 821 Galapago
Mr's. Helen Martinez, 735 Kalamath
Mrs. Wilma Dabrowski, 1115 Inca Street
Mrs. Rosa Delgado, 176 W. Maple Mr. and Mrs. A1 Nieto, 1368 Kalamath
Adelante Co-op Store, 727 Santa Fe
Westside Action Center, 11th and Santa Fe
Auraria Community Center, 1212 Mariposa
These are a few of the projects that they were involved in. BRI has now worked on 85 projects and the Brandts were involved in most of these projects. During the summer Mrs. Brandt took a rest from preschool and began painting and tiling for BRI.
Their enthusiasm for BRI and their concern for the people in the Westside went back with them to Kansas on trips* home and a number of men and women came
to Denver for several days to help with BRI projects.
The work and contacts in the Westside were very important to the Brandts and helped them to grow spiritually and emotionally. They learned to feel at home with the Lutheran and Catholic persons they worked with and for. They still are very concerned that the work of home remodeling goes on and were glad to see Richard Miller begin to work for BRI and help with the construction, which was a bit like Elmers job while here.
Both of the Brandts intend to come back to the Westside for visits. They also show their concern by talking about their experiences and the people they love when they are back in Kansas. They are encouraging other persons to come to Denver and serve as volunteers as they did. Why come without money? Because you get some much more than you ever give. say both Ruth and Elmer Brandt.
Elmer Brandt and Paul Alison work together to panel a westside home.
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Frank Rios, an active student at West High, is this months youth spotlight.
St. Cajetans Parish Hosts Fund-Raising Fiesta
Frank Rios, 1165 Lipan, is this months youth spotlight. He is the son of Mr. Alfonso and Mrs. Lilly Rios. Frank, his two brothers, four sisters and his parents have lived in the Westside for three years. Prior to that the Rios family traveled around the country with their father who was then in the Marine Corps.
Frank was elected last year by the student body of West tc serve as head boy of the school for the academic year 1973-74. As head boy, his function is to hear about the problems and complaints of the students, and to take them to the principal to try to solve before the problems worsen. He has also been attempting to get the year book back at West, trying to get the students more involved in school activities and assemblies, and also developing community based programs that the high school youth can involve themselves in.
One of Franks favorite classes is speech, and he has been awarded several trophies for his original oratory presentations. He is a member in high standing with the National Forensic League, a speech organization, and is the Vice President of West National Forensic Speech Team. He has been singled out for his contemporary essays dealing with todays problems. One of his award winning essays dealt with the Plight of the American Indian. Very much an issue orientated individual he feels that the unfair treatment afforded the American Indian must be dealt with.
He will be acting in the school play, Spoon River Anthology, this October 17th and 18th. In the play he will be acting our four or five individual roles. He sees this as a challenge and an opportunity to really express himself.
All of Franks time is not spent on school affairs only. He has recently been appointed by the mayors office to serve on the citys Mayors Youth Commission. Frank will represent Councilmatic District 9 on the 18 member commission. Tim Sandos, another West High student has also been appointed. Their aim is to develop programs in West Denver that serve to meet the needs of the young
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Karate occupies some of his evening hours. He currently holds a third degree gold belt. Frank has also been active in tryping to start a Junior Chapter of the Mile-Hi G.I. Forum.
His summer months are also filled with activity. This last summer he spent eight weeks at the University of Northern Colorado Upward Bound Project. After attending this introductory program related to college, he was invited to a two week National Leadership Conference held at Camp Cheeley in Estes Park. Here he had an opportunity to meet with youth from all over the country and share his ideas with theirs on how to become more effective in a'leadership position.
The summer before, Frank and his sister Rene were active as student teachers in La Academia del Barrio, an alternative summer school taught here on the West-side for three summers. Frank taught Chicano History and his sister taught Spanish.
The future for Frank Rios seems exceptionally bright. He is
now in the process of searching for scholarship possibilities. He wants to major in speech and theater, but also has an interest in accounting.
Frank believes that the youth are the core and the backbone for any positive efforts the world may make towards peace and understanding.
As far as school goes he believes that parents should encourage their young people to become more involved in school and school activities. This is a two-way street however, for he believes parents should be encouraged to become more involved with their children.
It is very evident that Frank Rios lives by his philosophy, for he is extremely active in school as well as in the community, and his parents have shared his activity and enthusiasm with him. The Westside Recorder would like to wish Frank Rios the best of luck this school year and for his vocation in future life.
New Staff At Baker
The Baker Junior High Faculty and Student Body welcomed ten new faculty members to the school this year. Of this group, seven are teachers, one is an assistant principal, and two are nurses.
Mr. George Bogadi will be working as assistant principal, replacing Mr. Lee Taylor. He comes to us from Horace Mann Junior High.
The two nurses, Mrs. Beverly Bridges and Mrs. Ann Platt, will share the days during the school week so that one will be in the building each day. They are replacing Mrs. Schadler who is on an educational leave for this semester.
In mathematics; three teachers have been assigned. Miss Tillie Torres and Mr. Rick Shin, both recently graduated from Metro State College, and Mrs. Tara Buttorff from Colorado State University. Mrs. Susan Kates is in the Music Department teaching vocal music to 7th and 8th grades. She has previously taught in Wisconsin and Maryland, and most recently has been' supply teaching in Denver.
ivir. Jt^aui U Leary, our Spanish teacher, c^nes to us from Palmer E mentary School where he has taught Spanish for several years.
Mrs. Christine Abell is now teaching Girls Physical Education at Baker, having just recently taught in this field at Hallett Elementary School.
Mr. Tom Woytek, recently graduated from Colorado State University, is a new member of the Science Department.
Five of our teachers are beginning their first year in the teaching profession; therefore, they attended in-service meetings held at Baker on August 30 and 31. One of the highlights of this program was a personally conducted tour of the contributing elementary schools to Baker and a number of the immediate community centers in the Baker area. This tour was lead by two members of the Baker staff Mr. A1 Aguayo and Mr. John Gilbert.
Chicano students to attend Metropolitan State College for the fall semester wanted. Financial aid is available for those in need of assistance. There are grants and scholarships available for information come to 1300 Glenarm, Double A Building, Room 214-215,, or call 292-5190, extension 255.
The annual St. Cajetans Parish fiesta was held on Aug. 3, 4, 5, on the school grounds. Three nights of entertainment for the entire family was offered.
The purpose of this event was to raise funds for furnishing the new church. The old church facilities built in 1925 have been sold by Archbishop James Casey of the Archdiocese of Denver to make room for the Auraria Higher Education Complex.
Although the funds realized from the sale of the property will be used for re-locating the new church additional funds will be needed.
St. Cajetans Parish in its new location will continue to serve the Spanish speaking people of Den-
ver as a national parish, meaning that it does not nave any nounary lines but serves all Hispano-Chi-cano people of Denver. It is expected that the majority of people served by St. Cajetans will continue to support is religious and cultural activities as they have done in the past.
The newly elected Parish Council headed by Mr. Joe Blea are now in the process of acquiring a suitable site for the new parish facilities.
Those interested in making contributions or volunteering help for this worthy cause should call 892-0147 or 922-1512 for further information or leave your name and contributions at the parish rectory.
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Westside Action Ministry
Summer youth staff at First Bethany Church, a westside summer program.
Mrs. Melba Hernandez
Active in Headstart programs and Elmwood Mothers, Melba Hernandez of 744 Elati died on Friday, September 7. 1973, after a very serious heart attack. Mass of the Resurection was at St. Josephs Church on Wednesday, September 12th, with burial at Mt. Olivet.
Mrs. Hernandez had lived in the Westside for twenty-five years. She served actively on LA RASA Headstart Parents Council, was an active volunteer with the Los Ninos Headstart program. was on the Elmwood Bilingual Program advisory board, and has been an active Democratic worker. She previously was also active with parents groups at Boettcher School.
In addition to her husband, she s survived by her children: David, Charlotte, Jimmy, Della, and Manuel. She also has several brothers and sisters from Kansas and Idaho who survive.
Alfred Schmulki Schmuki is a name that thousands of Westsiders and parishioners from St. Josephs schools anc church will remember and a man whom they have loved. Alfred Schmuki lived at 604 Fox and worked at St. Josephs.
After 34 years of dedicated service to St. Josephs church and school, Aflred Schmuki died late Friday evening. Rosary was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Noonan Mortuary and the Mass of the Resurection was at St. Josephs Church on Tuesday, September 18,1973. Burial was at Mt. Olivet.
Schmuki died as he lived: working. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while mowing the rectory lawn on September 13th.
Last year Mr. and Mrs. Schmuki celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many families and friends surrounding them. He was the father of Joseph A., Tony A., and Frank P. Schmuki, Mrs. Jaes OLeary, William J. Schmuki, and Mrs. Gene Anderson.
If anyone needed something at St. Josephs, they called Schmuki. Building, boilers, plumbing, woodwork, etc., Mr. Schmuki literally held things together whith his sweat, blood and prayers for the people and the ministry of the church.
Bo Jangles Jude Cabral son of Alfonso and Judy Cabral of 2690 So. Perry.
Israel Christopher Martinez son of Jseph and Rose Martinez of 1260 W. 10th Ave.
Diana Marie Sanchez daughter of Abel and Gloria Sanchez of 265 Cherokee
Joseph Robert Abeyta, Jr. son of Joseph and Betty Jo Abeyta of 512 Inca
Priscilla Ann Dominguez daughter of Rudolph and Rose Dominguez of 111 Lowell Blvd.
Michael Allen Griego son of Alfred and Mary Griego of 321 Inc.
Laila Michelle Al-Qatami daughter of Mohammed Al-Qatami and Roylene Rangel of 7231W. Archer Place
Samuel Manuel Anthony Ortega II son of Samuel and Ronda Ortega of 1195 W. 9th Street.
Tammy Jessica Vasquez daughter of Solomon and Delores Vasquez of 245/i Briggs, Erie, Colorado
York Zachary Lopez son of Richard Karl and Irene Lopez of 35 W. Irvington PI.
Norman Nathan Gregory Maynes, Jr. son of Norman and Elizabeth Maynes of 2358 So. Cherokee.
Theresa Marie Garnica daughter of Toby Munoz and Theresa Granica of 331 Elati
David Anthony Mariz son of Rudolph and Georgia Mariz of 116 Cherokee
Nicole Claudine Archibeque daughter of Nick and Helen Archibeque of 2418 Stout
Jessica Maria Luna daughter of Jesus and Alice Luna of 994 Navajo
Armando Pacheco, Jr. son of Armando and Elda Pacheco of 129 Irvington PI.
Laura Alicia Pacheco daughter of Armando and Elda Pacheco of 425 W. 3rd Ave.
John Andrew Albo son of Roger and Geradine Albo of 84 So Bannock
Lisa Rebecca Antoinette Martinez daughter of Leroy and Murial Martinez of 1630 W. 44th Ave.
Joshua Derek Paugh son of Neal and Priscilla Paugh of 4814 W. 11th Ave.
Tina Louise Torres daughter of Freddie and Mary Torres of 608 W. 4th Ave.
Roberta Consuela Ulibarri daughter of Robert and Consuela Ulibarri of 947 Inca.
Selena Marie Christine Val-verde daughter of Ron and Linda Val verde of 610 Lowell.
September 1,1973 Reuben Victor DeLeon and Susanna Ester Rodriguez son of Esequeil and Consuela DeLeon. Daughter of John and Martha Rodriguez. Helen Perez and Philip DeLeon stood up with the couple at the wedding.
WESTSIDE ACTION MINISTRY
The Westside Action Ministry, during the summer months, sponsored a Summer Fun Program for the children of the area 4 to 13 years of age.
There were 350 children involved in the three centers 1st Bethany, 1st Mennonite and St. Joes. \
Arts and Crafts cultural activities, games and trips plus a two week Bible School at each center were the activities performed.
A free lunch program was provided at the three centers plus the Inner City Parish.
The Westside Action Ministry has also been conducting a survey of the needs of the elderly on the West Side.
The first meeting of the Fall season was held Monday, September 17th, at 8 a.m. at St. Joes Rectory.
As Fr. Joe Campbell, John Hushman, and Brice Balmer evaluated the program after the summer, they felt that the program had been one of the best of the four years. Hopefully next year more training for teen youth will occur in the program and transportation problems will be ironed out. The food program was a good venture, but much more work than anticipated in terms of bookkeeping. During the year, more planning will need to be done to make the Chicano culture portion of the program meaningful to the children.
Each of the three centers served a different group of persons in the Westside. First Bethany Lutheran served persons who lived south of Sixth Avenue and near to the church. St. Josephs Catholic worked with many of the children whose parents are active in the parish and who live nearby. First Mennonite worked with many preschool children and a large number of families who speak only Spanish.
As the program and direction of the program gets better each year, all are hoping for an even more exciting and educational summer in 1974.
Over 250 children per day were involved in the Westside Action Ministry Summer Program. An average of 85 per day were at First Bethany Lutheran; 100 per day at St. Josephs Catholic; and 55 per day at First Mennonite. In addition approximately thirty youth worked with the program through Denver Manpowers summer youth program. and church funds.
The summer was highlighted by trips to the, Denver Art Museum, petting zoo, airport, swimming centers, and the railroad museum. A larger attendance attended each center during the two weeks of bible school when teachers from the churches helped with the program.
A summer lunch program served closer to four hundred children per day qs the Denver Inner City Parish also participated in this phase of the program. Mary Lucero, Anna Leyba, Agapita Sandoval, Erma Alyire, and Carolyn Schlabach
The Westside Coalition will again sponsor a Mexican Folk-loric Dance Group this school year. Last year the after school group served some fifty youngsters from Fairmont, St. Joes, Del Pueblo, and Greenlee. This year the group hopes to expand in number.
The coordinator of the dance group is Mrs. Consuelo Ruybol, an active member of the community. The dance director for the program is Miss Becky Zamora a recent graduate from
Worked very hard to cook good lunches for the children and keep up the records needed by the Colorado Department of Education.
Three weeks of camping were included in this years program. John and Diane Hushman directed two camps, and Brice and Karen Balmer directed the third one. Youth from the community who helped with the camp were: Dori Garcia, Mike Bruning, Sandra Trujillo, Jerry Gonzales, James Chavez, Debbie Lopez, Jeanie Sepulveda, and Annetta Alyire. The all girls camp the last week had horses which all of them enjoyed riding all week.
Six youth who worked with the program for the summer went to Mennonite Youth Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were Penny Mirning, Chris Lopez, Dori Garcia, Cindy Hoeft, Tony Corrillo. and Vincent Crespin. The youth traveled by bus and were in Grand Rapids from August 19-23.
West High School. She is assisted by Miss Valerie Mares and Miss Denise Barron, seniors at Central Catholic and Manual High School respectively.
The hours the program will run is every Teusday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:00 till 6:00 in the evening. The youngsters enrolled in the program can be from the 3rd to the 8th grade, either boys or girls. There is no charge for instruction. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should call Mrs. Consuelo Ruybol at 936-2959.
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Miss Valarie Mares, teaching assistant, Miss Becky Zamora, dance director and Consuelo Ruybol, dance coordinator will provide instruction of Mexican Folkloric Dance at St. Joe's three evenings a week. Missing in the photo is Miss Denise Barron, also a teaching assistant.