Friday Projects

PAWS: Promoting Animal Welfare through Service


Sara Weisberg

Note: Students must be 16 or over and be able to drive or ride with others.

The goals of this project are to serve as volunteers at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and to educate ourselves to act as advocates and models for humane and responsible pet ownership. Students participate in formal training by the Animal Shelter in socializing cats, rabbits and dogs and then some students graduate to dog walking training. In addition to socializing animals and walking dogs, students clean kennels, replenish food and water bowls and change bedding and toys as needed; they also make up snacks for dogs.



Scott Hauenstein

Musicians and songwriters unite in this group to hone their talents, write and record songs. Students will head down to Warehouse 21 each week to work with local musician and educator, Alfredo Carmona. They will work in small groups to create musical works of art, events to showcase their talents and to spread their messages into the community.

Trails and Public Lands


Jody Lefevers

In addition to doing trail maintenance for the county, we will study the history and differences between national forests, national parks, national monuments, wilderness preserves, state parks, city parks, and your back yard. Our study will include history, creation of, land use, fires, management, budgets, and other issues that surface regarding public lands. We will embark on several field trips, as all of the types of public lands we will study are right here in Northern New Mexico.
"I wanted to take a moment to thank TMP students and staff for being trail stewards of the Little Tesuque Trail. I rarely hiked there because of how trashy it was in the past. We were shocked by how clean and we'll maintain the trail is now. What a huge difference your school had made to improve the beauty of this open space. Please pass along my gratitude to those who have contributed to the maintenance of the trail." Sincerely, Lauren L.

Pinon Elementary School


Robert Sobel

Interested in the teaching profession? Love working with kids? This is the group for you. Students will spend the morning tutoring and playing with elementary school students at Pinon Elementary. In the afternoon students will help teachers prepare for their classes. You will make photo copies of handouts, arrange art supplies, and even grade small assignments. Come prepared to laugh, play, become incredibly attached to precious kids, and be a wonderful help to teachers.

Comedy Improv and Acting


Zach Taylor

In this group we’ll explore the fun and silly world of comedy improv (Whose line is it anyway style), as well as different forms of character acting and acting for social change. As service we’ll work to help maintain a local non-profit theater and outdoor park/venue.

Wildlife Conservtion at Caja del Rio


Joel Stone

By volunteering at the Caja del Rio Wildlife Area, you will make a major contribution to the conservation of the amazing wildlife in New Mexico and you will have the unique opportunity to work and gain the satisfaction that comes from helping to make a positive impact in your community! The majority of the service projects will focus on locating, installing, and constructing artificial wildlife habitats, such as bird nest boxes, bat boxes, native bee boxes, and snake and lizard shelters. There will also be opportunities for conducting wildlife biodiversity research, including wildlife inventory and monitoring.

Therapeutic Horse Riding


Scott Voorhies

Note: Students must be able to drive themselves or be allowed to ride with someone else.

The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Horse Riding needs help with their premier horse center (at the end of Airport Road.) You’ll learn about grooming and working with horses as well as cleaning the stables and maintaining the facilities. This is a hands on horses project!

Computer Technologies


Jaime Michael

Help TMP develop and maintain their technology systems including computer trouble-shooting, hardware development and maybe even a bit of programming. Limited to 5 students.

Sports and Mentoring


Mara Bruton

Note: Students must be 16 or older

We will meet in the SFCC gym and sometimes other locations on Friday mornings and play favorite sports like basketball, soccer, and volleyball. We will also learn new sports like rugby, pickle ball and badminton. We'll go off campus to learn street hockey, rugby, lacrosse, and handball.
In the afternoons we will play games with children.

Mind, Body and Soul Empowerment


Hillary Hale

In the mornings, students will be practicing yoga and mindfulness. Additionally, we will be discussing the challenges that women face in our current world. We may create PSAs, write poetry, journal, or plan forums around the topic of Female/Gender Empowerment. In the afternoons, students will be going to an elementary school to mentor and play with young girls.

Chainbreaker and Bikes


Christopher Cretella

Students will collaborate with Chainbreaker Collective on economic and environmental justice issues. Students will support the efforts of the Collective to expand access to affordable transportation and support economically and environmentally sustainable communities for low-income people in Northern NM.  Students will also spend time looking at bike trails and access points, learning to work on bicycles and helping with bicycle donation events.  

Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Soilless Production Systems (GRHS 123)


Beth Roop

Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Soilless Production Systems  (GRHS 123)
In this official SFCC for-credit class, students will take an in-depth look at different types of systems for growing various crops in recirculating and drain to waste systems.  Students will gain understanding of how these systems operate, and hands-on practical experience growing plants using multiple systems.  Students will build model systems to show to other schools and help build the main SFCC greenhouse as part of their service.  Students in this project will be graded and, if they earn a “C” or better, will receive 4 college credits for the semester.