The Altrusa International Club of Tucumcari Inc. received a $1,710 check from the Comcast Foundation on Dec. 15, 2004. This grant from The Comcast Foundation is in recognition of the 75 local Comcast employee volunteers, their families, and others who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day.
Fred Dominguez, manager of the local Comcast Company attended the meeting to present Altrusa with the check.
Altrusa participated in the festivities at the “Outdoor Classroom” in October of last year where the group of volunteers pulled hundreds of weeds so the natural grass and trees that have been planted will have a chance to grow. The “Outdoor Classroom” is a project at Tucumcari schools to educate children in agricultural issues such as wind and soil erosion, but is used by other academic classes as a teaching tool as well.
Altrusa has planted $2,500 worth of evergreen trees; given $2,500 to pay for half of one Kiva; and donated $500 to purchase native plants to be planted at the “Outdoor Classroom.”
Last year, the Comcast grant was used to purchase many items for the Outdoor Classroom including a large sandbox, a sundial, and a windsock. Butterflies were also purchased for the children to release.
Comcast is becoming a year-round partner with Altrusa, the National Resources Conservation Service and the Canadian River Soil & Water Conservation District to make the “Outdoor Classroom” a learning experience for all who visit.