Elks lodge together to help local students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

Tucumcari Elk’s Club members may have been out of school for a little bit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know the importance of education, according to San Jon Student Council Advisor Peggy Gates.

In fact, their support has been so stringent, said Gates, the San Jon Student Council recently awarded the Elks with the Youth Advocate Award, a plaque designed to honor individuals and organizations that support their school and students.

And support they do — the students said Tucumcari Elk’s Lodge #1172 helped them travel to compete on local, district, regional, state, national and even international levels. They said with this support they’ve been to Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C., and are looking forward to upcoming trips to Notre Dame, Ind., and Tennessee.

The students said not only have the Elks helped with their travels, but through scholarships for postsecondary education.

Although the plaque was physically awarded by Student Council President Candy Hood, it was given on behalf of the entire San Jon Student Council, science club, Future Farmers of America, Business Professionals of America, students and faculty, Gates said.

“Your support has helped us grow into more productive citizens as we prepare for life after graduation and dealing with the challenges of being on our own,” the students said in their presentation speech. “Sometimes we have won, sometimes we have lost, but at all times we have done our best, because of supporters behind us like the Tucumcari Elk’s Lodge #1172.”