State provides flights for students who attend New Mexico School for the Blind
August 20, 2019 06:09 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The New Mexico School for the Blind serves students from across the state.
"I think it's a huge benefit to the children and the families," said Patricia Beecher, Alamogordo's acting superintendent for New Mexico's School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
For some students, rides from the Alamogordo campus back home can be long and tedious, so state officials stepped in to lighten the load.
"The state reached out to us earlier this year, and wanted to see if it was a possibility to reinstate the air transport for our students," Beecher said.
Beecher said the state's General Services Department started providing flights last week, flying students back-and-forth between home and school.
"It allows them more time with their families on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays," Beecher said.
Flights take off Sunday afternoons in Sante Fe.
"Our student in Sante Fe is picked up, then they fly to Farmington," Beecher said. "We will have a student from Las Vegas-- possibly from Gallup, and then they fly the students down to Alamogordo, so they're here for dinner time on Sunday evenings."
A state spokesperson could not provide KOB with an exact cost for the program, but stated "the money comes from the state's general fund."
Beecher said making students' lives easier means a lot.
"I talked to one of the students yesterday, and he said it was really a lot of fun," she said.
Updated: August 20, 2019 06:09 PM
Created: August 20, 2019 05:31 PM
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