The AHS Record

The River of Lights

By: John Sais

The River of Lights dazzles the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens every Christmas season. The show raises money for the ABQ Bio Park Society. The attraction brings thousands of tourists around the world to Albuquerque to experience a fantastic light display and has been going since 1997. People are amazed with all the lights and light sculptures. The events offers entertainment, hot food and beverages.

The River of Lights has been recognized many times for an amazing holiday light show. It was featured by businesses around the area, on the Bottger Mansion of Old Town website and KOB channel 4.

The show starts on November 24 – December 30, 2018 open from 6:00PM – 9:00PM daily. The event won’t be open on December 24 and December 25, so come to the River of Lights at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens located at 2601 Central Avenue NW (between Central Ave and Tingley Drive). Park and Ride service will be provided by the Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus system. Please note do not park in the West Old Town Neighborhood and surrounding residential areas. For more information about tickets and parking visit River of or call 311 for more information.

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Bulldogs helping Bulldogs

By Bloom Welliver

With the holiday season coming up, many are making plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Not everyone can afford the luxurious meal one might take for granted. That is why at Albuquerque High School we have put together a food drive to help those in need.

Bulldogs helping bulldogs is all about getting students involved in helping others for the good of the community. “I think anytime you do a donation and you get students involved, It just shows the generosity and the compassion the students at Albuquerque high have.” Says Stephanie Dunn, the AHS Activities Director. The bulldogs have been caring for each other for the past 15 years through this drive.

One of the important things about this drive is that it isn’t just for Thanksgiving food. Dunn believes that the people in need need food all year round, not just during the holidays. “I could easily say I want it to be a thanksgiving meal. I feel that people, they don’t just need the thanksgiving meal, they need the meals or the food all year round. I really don’t put a limit on what specific food so what comes in is a variety of everything.”

Ms. Dunn’s motivation to creating these drives and programs is seeing all of the need. She said, “I think just seeing the need. We always want to help our community, either it be Albuquerque high or even the feeder schools, like we will do our adopt a child. Not everybody can afford good meals and those of us that can afford it, you know we want to be able to give back.”

Because the donations will be collected during 4th period, right before lunch, a pizza party is the prize for the class with the most donations. Bulldogs helping bulldogs is a tradition that helps better our community each year.