School supplies will be distributed in five cities in New Mexico

Free backpacks, school supplies and educational materials for parents and students will be distributed in five New Mexico locations by the LIBRE Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia.

LIBRE provides support to Hispanic communities across the country on issues related to literacy, education, and economic prosperity. It currently aims to help families reacclimate to school after being on pandemic hiatus.

According to the LIBRE Institute, the average American family will spend more than $600 per child on back-to-school supplies and other items related to preparing a child for the new school year.

The distribution schedule is as follows:

♦ Española: July 31, 10 a.m., El Buen Pastor parking lot, 609 Calle Rivera.

♦ Albuquerque: August 1, 12-4 p.m., in partnership with Casa Del Rey, West Bluff Park, 2408 Alamogordo NW.

♦ Las Cruces: August 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Seasons Community Church, 2215 S. Main Street.

♦ Roswell: Date and time to be specified. In partnership with the Waymaker Church. Distribution to elementary schools in the Roswell Independent School District.

♦ Farmington: August 7, 9 to 11 a.m., Desert Heights Church, 1835 E. Main Street. In partnership with One Church Farmington.

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