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Introduction to DHS: Incoming freshmen learn do’s and don’ts

With the anticipation of school starting, an estimated 150 incoming freshmen took part in the annual Bulldog Boot Camp hosted by the DHS Student Council on Monday, July 22.

The event gave the incoming students an idea of what to expect when school begins Aug. 1.

Initial registration had just 43 incoming freshmen signed up. The day of the event participation numbers nearly tripled.

Student Body President Jimena Lamadrid, a senior at DHS this year, said she was very pleased by the turnout.

“Everyone is nervous on their first day of school and what we wanted to do is help the incoming freshmen understand what they can expect when school starts,” she said. “We don’t want them to freak out on their first day of school.”

Lamadrid said she had this boot camp when she was a freshman and remembers the jitters and apprehension she had knowing she was transferring to a campus she was unfamiliar with.

“I remember how this helped me get over some of my fears,” she said.

Kicking off the camp, several of the student volunteers modeled for the incoming Bulldogs on what is appropriate to wear and what would be inappropriate and considered a dress code violation.

After the introduction to the camp, the incoming freshmen were then taken on tours throughout the campus while others stepped into a classroom to get academic and social advice from current and past students who volunteered their time helping the incoming freshmen get all the benefits they could from the event.

Student Council members also incorporated fun games to help the incoming freshmen bond with others from different schools.

Isabella Gomez was one of the incoming freshmen who attended the Bulldog Boot Camp.

“I thought today was a lot of fun,” she said. “They did a good job of letting us know what to do and not to do and helping us so we know how to navigate through the school.”

She admitted the boot camp helped ease some of the apprehension about starting high school.

“I feel better now knowing what to expect when school starts,” she said.

“I thought this boot camp went very well,” Lamadrid said. “This year’s class was a lot more into it than last year and willing to participate in the events we offered.”

Douglas MVD station to close temporarily next month

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) will be replacing its outdated computer system in Douglas and plans to close the office from Monday, Aug. 5 to Friday, Aug. 9.

The new, state–of–the–art platform for MVD customer service representatives to use will require a significant amount of training, said Doug Nick, assistant communications director for customer outreach, in a press release.

“The most efficient method is to have employees in each office train together,” Nick said. “Obviously a week-long closure that may affect Bisbee–area customers is a significant interruption in service, but we have prepared contingencies.”

Nick pointed out the closest MVD office to serve the Bisbee area is in Sierra Vista. Also, he suggests customers postpone any transactions which cannot be done online until the Douglas MVD office reopens, if possible.

About two–thirds of MVD transactions can be done online at and by establishing a personal AZMVDNow account accessed through that website.

“By expanding office hours, providing more online services and other efficiencies, MVD has lowered average statewide customer experience times to about 22 minutes, compared to nearly an hour in 2015. Installing a modern and more capable computer system is one more way we are better serving our customers and using our resources wisely,” Nick added.

Care Fair Saturday

The community is invited to attend the 16th Annual Douglas Care Fair which will take place this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Airport Park.

Making Connections/DBA Cochise Connections, Freeport McMoRan, Christian Life Center, The Douglas Dispatch and other local businesses are working together to host the back to school event which will include the popular pony rides from DMD Hearts & Hooves, exhibits from the Douglas Police and Fire Departments, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. Chiricahua Health Centers Inc. will also have its Mobile Dental Unit on site. Gabriel Robles from DJ Legacy will be providing music and updates throughout the event, which is open to school aged students who have a valid school ID.

The event will kick off with a welcome from both the Douglas and Agua Prieta mayors.

Last year’s Care Fair attracted more than 1,200 families. A crowd similar in size is expected this year.

Freeport McMoRan is donating backpacks to all the students. Various participating agencies will be providing supplies to go inside the backpacks.

“It is an incredible community project,” said Adriana Romero, programs director for Cochise Connections said in a previous story. “Our goal is to assist as many families as we can by providing backpacks and school supplies to children and youth in need. We are asking local business to donate a raffle prize (tickets for food, haircuts, coupons, etc..) to help us with our raffle during the back to school event.”

Donations are still being accepted through Friday, Aug. 2 and may be dropped off at the Douglas Dispatch located at 530 11th Street. If you are unable to drop off your donation, call Managing Editor Bruce Whetten at (520) 234-0145. He will stop by and pick up your donation. Please make sure to include your business card as we will make sure to include your organization as a sponsor.

Romero is also asking for a $1 donation from each attendee.

Organizations committed to taking part this year are: Making Connections 4U/DBA Cochise Connections, Freeport McMoRan, Christian Life Center, The

Douglas Dispatch, Tucson Medical Center (TMC), DJ Legacy, Douglas Police Department, Community Health Associates, US Census Bureau, Caring Connections For Special Needs, Easter seals Blake Foundation, Consulado de Mexico, City of Douglas (Recreation Division), Douglas Public Library, Copper Queen Community Hospital, Cochise County, Board of Supervisor Campaign, DES Rehabilitation Services Administration, Arizona@Work/Employment Services & Voc Rehab, Wells Fargo Bank, CSL Plasma, Pioneer Title Agency, Douglas Area Food Bank and the DUSD #27 Migrant Education Program, DMD Hearts & Hooves and Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.