KRQE Cares: Hayes Middle School

Hayes Middle School Belen, New Mexico KRQE Cares

Kim Vallez attended Hayes Middle School school assembly and shared her passion for news and encouraged students to stay in school, be responsible and work hard.

Students also got a special field trip.

They were brought to Payless Shoesource where they walked the aisles and got to pick out a brand new pair of shoes. Once done, it was back to school where they all got new binders and a snack.

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About KRQE Cares & Shoes for Kids

Thirty percent of children in New Mexico live in poverty. That’s nearly half a million kids… the highest rate in the US. This has put New Mexico at the bottom of most of national lists of education, health and well-being.

KRQE Cares started with a simple campaign: providing new shoes for children whose families couldn’t afford them. Over the past two years, KRQE Cares has given more than 6,500 pairs of shoes to elementary students in selected Title I APS schools. When you see the looks on the faces of the children whose lives are touched, you begin to understand why this matters.   But this is only a drop in the bucket – we have schools all over the state asking us to help them, too.

KRQE Cares Shoes for Kids Shoe Drives are in January and August each year. But the Shoe Drives are only a start. We’ve joined forces with Albuquerque Public Schools Title One Homeless Project and a local grocery chain for an early summer Food Drive, KRQE Cares Food for Kids. That’s a time of great need for homeless families whose children lose school-provided lunches over the summer. In November, KRQE Cares Books for Kids raises money for the APS Title 1 Storytime in the Park Program. This program encourages and enhances early childhood literacy.

Together, we can make an impact on some of most persistent problems New Mexico faces.

This is KRQE Cares – backed by the power of our four television stations, two websites, social media and you.

How You Can Help

Shoes for Kids

You can donate a pair of shoes at any Albuquerque Payless Store in the month of January and August.  You can also drop off a pair of new athletic shoe here at the KRQE station. Or you can go to – the Assistance League of Albuquerque and make a donation.

Thanks to our Partners – Assistance League of Albuquerque and Payless Shoe Source.

Food for Kids

You can donate non-perishable food in the month of June to our local grocery store partner.

Books for Kids

You can donate to and support other foundation programs. Be sure to designate STORYTIME IN THE PARKS.