The National Wildlife Association certified a new schoolyard habitat at San Antonito Elementary School in a project led by Girl Scouts. Eight 3rd-grade Brownies of Troop 10461 spearheaded the project to earn “Take Action” badges. The STEM Community Garden meets criteria for a certified wildlife habitat, which includes a butterfly puddling area, birdhouse and feeder, with supplies purchased from proceeds from this year’s cookie sale.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at email@example.com.