Caminos Lejanos: A Walk Through Spanish
FEB. 24, 2011 — Madison Middle School,
Albuquerque, NM — Two hundred and sixty 7th grade students of
Social Studies teacher Nick LaRue hosted “Caminos Lejanos
(Ancient Roads), A Walk Through Spanish History.”
presented displays based on their research on the Spanish impact
on New Mexico including wood work, tin work, straw work, Colcha,
retablos, bultos, and more. Music was presented and Folklorico
dancers performed. A special area was set aside for students to
showcase what they had learned about the 200th Coast Artillery.
Mr. LaRue consulted with the New Mexican
Hispanic Culture Preservation League and former Director of the
Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library, Rick Padilla, as
part of his efforts to guide his students through New Mexico
Mr. LaRue and his students were joined by
special Host, former New Mexico National Guard Adjutant General,
Major General Melvin Montaño, seen at right with the 515th's Ernest
Montoya who was given a warm welcome.
Mr. Montoya was impressed with the quality
of the student's work on display. He was especially pleased to speak with
the students who crowded around him.
When Donald Gallegos pointed out a pre-war
photograph on display to one student, asking, “Do you know who
that is?” the student did not at first seem to connect. Mr.
Gallegos, pointed to the photo and then to Mr. Montoya, and
said, “That man in the picture, that's him right there.” The
student came alive as he realized, standing in front of him, was