Martinez visits elementary school

January 28, 2011 • Local News

Gov. Susana Martinez is greeted by the entire student body at East Grand Plains Elementary School, Thursday morning during a brief visit to Roswell. (Mark Wilson Photo)

A group of Roswell kindergarten students took a break from their regular coursework Thursday to hear a story read by a special guest. Sitting on the classroom floor and encircled by young smiling faces, Gov.

Susana Martinez read to the class from a children’s book during a visit to East Grand Plains Elementary School. The state’s chief executive said she [auth] decided to make the visit after the students sent a class picture, accompanied by a congratulatory letter, when she took office in November. “They started following the election (and) they were very involved,” she said.

“It’s exciting to be here.” Debbie Anaya, the class’ teacher, said her students started following the election as part of a project. The activity quickly became one of the students’ favorite, especially considering the class of 19 girls and two boys witnessed the state’s first female governor elected to office. “(She’s) a role model for the girls,” Anaya said.

“They all want to be governor, now, or the president.” The news of the special guest was delivered just a few days ago and Anaya said her students immediately began cheering and clapping. “We just expected (to receive) a picture with a signature or something,” she said.

“They couldn’t believe it, they were so excited.” The governor’s visit comes at a time when Roswell Independent School District administrators are worried the current 60-day session will force the district to absorb further budget cuts to help fill the state’s deficit. Martinez repeated comments made during her State of the State address in which she said funds should be pulled from administrations, not the classrooms. “We’re not wanting to trim, at all, in the classroom,” said Martinez during Thursday’s visit.

“What’s important is to make sure that the classroom stays the same and what we’re dedicating to the classroom, from teachers and teachers’ aides, so the kids continue to get a good education.”

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