Learning & Growing Together in Las Cruces

CommunityShare Las Cruces enhances education in the greater Las Cruces area by connecting teachers with community partners, classroom mini-grants, and access to the wide range of tools available through Cruces Creatives makerspace.

Our mission is to improve life and educational outcomes for students in the greater Las Cruces area by involving the community in education to:

  • Bring more diversity and role models into the classroom,
  • Make academic learning relevant and engaging by showing its real-world connections,
  • Make specialized knowledge and perspectives accessible, and
  • Offer learning through meaningful projects.

Community-engaged education can achieve all these goals, improving life and educational outcomes for our kids. To get involved, sign up as a community partner or as a teacher through this website. What life experiences can you bring to the classroom?

Community Partners in Education
CommunityShare Las Cruces is managed by Cruces Creatives as part of its educational mission, in close cooperation with the Las Cruces Partnership for Community Schools and CommunityShare. The program is made possible through the generous support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Stocker Foundation, the El Paso Community Foundation, and the Las Cruces Community Schools.
Making a meaningful difference in Las Cruces
PK-12 Educators
Do you want to connect PK-12 students in your Las Cruces classroom or youth-serving program with community members? Want to create an in-person or virtual real-world learning experience? There’s no cost to connect with local professionals and community resources.
Community Partners
Do you want to share your professional skills, hobbies, life experiences, and community resources virtually or in-person with our next generation? Unsure where it’s needed or how to do it? We are here to help you connect with educators and students.
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  • "The energy and creativity of the first graders was contagious at Borton Elementary School. I had a blast sharing my knowledge and illustration projects with the students...I am still smiling!"

    Julie B. Illustrator & Designer, Tucson
  • "CommunityShare provides opportunities for students to meet, interact and collaborate with experts in different occupations. These interactions help students create visions for themselves and their futures."

    Kathy L. Teacher, Tucson
  • "This project helped students to express their concerns, learn coping mechanisms, and integrate what they learned through creating an art piece."

    Jackie Schuld Teacher
  • "I learned the importance of my social media appearance when I apply for jobs."

    11th Grade Student
  • "I felt very honored that I was a part of the experience. I learned a lot about Mexico, art, and how to contribute to our community."

  • "Students who have struggled all year to complete lesson projects were engaged, creative, and thinking about how to solve problems in their community."

    Rebeka Densen Teacher
  • "The students who won first place on the project because of their unique design, attention to detail, and motivation to test their model struggled to complete projects in the past..."

    Rebeka Densen Teacher
  • "[I learned] ways to make our city a better place."

    8th Grade Student
  • "I never knew how cool glass blowing could be. It was amazing to be able to be open to what the glass was doing. I also loved learning how to write a business plan for my own studio one day. I know what I want to do when I get older."

  • "I was so amazed to see how proud students were to show their parents and families what they’d created."

    Charlene Mendoza Teacher