The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department Weed and Seed program will begin registration for its Summer Program Monday, May 9, 2022 On Aug. 17, 2021, a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students with the A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven Weed and Seed program visited a neighboring home to… The Holiday spirit is alive and well in Las Cruces this year. The City’s Weed and Seed program participants have been gifted with musical instruments this year. An anonymous donor purchased twelve …
Weed and Seed Program – Summer 2022
The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department Weed and Seed program will begin registration for its Summer Program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, and will continue registration until the number of participants is filled.
The program is free, and limited spaces are available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. It will serve students in grades from kindergarten to fifth grade.
The program will be at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St. and will consist of recreation, art activities, guest speakers, age-appropriate enrichment opportunities, and field trips in a safe, fun, and positive environment.
The program will begin Wednesday, June 1 and will continue to Friday, July 15. The program will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
There will be no programming on Monday, June 20 and July 4 in observance of holidays.
Drop off and pick up to and from program is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Registration for the program will be at the following location during regular business hours.
- A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Participants will be provided program information prior to first day of program.
For information, call A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven at 575/528-4263 or email [email protected]
Safe Haven Community Service Project in Las Cruces
On Aug. 17, 2021, a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students with the A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven Weed and Seed program visited a neighboring home to pick up trash and pluck weeds from the owner’s yard.
The participants spent the afternoon carefully pulling the weeds from their roots, to ensure the weeds would not grow back.
The youth are assigned to and monitored by Mr. Nick Arias, Youth Program Specialist, who utilizes a component of an ancient Spartan teaching tool for the youth to model. The group has an emphasis on self-reliance, intellect, and protection and service toward the community.
The kids were happy to help as well. They worked tirelessly to pick up the large number of weeds that had been growing.
Ms. Lucy Miranda, the owner of the house, was thankful to the group of kids helping in her yard. She said the man who comes to maintain the yard hadn’t shown up in some time.
“Having the kids come and help remove these weeds was a big help and I really appreciated it,” Miranda said.
The youth filled 10 bags of weeds and plan to return to assist with painting Miranda’s fence in the coming weeks. Within the Weed and Seed program, through positive role models, each group of youth are responsible to give back to the community with litter pick up at parks and neighboring streets, graffiti abatement in the city, visit assisted living participants to interact and communicate with an older generation, and other community-driven activities to show appreciation and to remind them that it is always beneficial to give back to the community we live in.
This program instills responsibility, both personally and academically, communication, cooperation and creativity. The A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven Weed and Seed program is at 906 N. Tornillo St., in the heart of Las Cruces’ Mesquite Historic District neighborhood.
Anonymous donor gifts musical instruments to Weed and Seed program
The Holiday spirit is alive and well in Las Cruces this year. The City’s Weed and Seed program participants have been gifted with musical instruments this year.
An anonymous donor purchased twelve acoustic guitars which were delivered to A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven on Tornillo Street this week.
The donor wished not to be credited for the wonderful presents, but sent a message indicating the gift sent was 12 Beginner Acoustic Guitar Starter Packages purchased from Amazon and the donor offered the approximate delivery date.
The Weed and Seed program is a City of Las Cruces program which has been around for 20 years. It initially began with the Police Department as a program to weed out anything bad, like crime or drugs, and seed with the good things in life, like the program that exists today. About five years ago the program was transferred to the Parks & Recreation Department. The program serves young people in the community and gives them a place where they can gather in a safe environment and engage in educational activities and life skills in addition to recreational activities.
Around this time of year there are usually 60 participants registered for the program but because of COVID-19, Weed and Seed is currently only offering tutoring sessions, four times a day, in 90 minute sessions, with five participants per session. Weed and Seed also serves about 150 dinners from 4:30 – 5: 30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
The City is grateful for those wishing to enrich the City’s youth who otherwise might not have the opportunity to learn an instrument.