The HAZLO Foundation partners with multiple educational and non-profit organizations to pursue its charitable missions. Two key partners are Lynn Middle School, the pilot community school in Las Cruces, and Cruces Creatives, the makerspace for Doña Ana County.

Lynn Middle School

Lynn Middle School is the pilot community school in Las Cruces, NM. The community school strategy transforms a school into a neighborhood hub, integrating services such as healthcare, meals, mentorship, and tutoring into schools to ensure students are not distracted by hunger, untreated health issues, or other barriers to learning. The community schools strategy also leverages deep partnerships with families and community members to ensure shared leadership, and promotes the use of school facilities for extended learning in the evenings, weekends, and summertime. In January of 2017, Lynn Community Middle School was launched as the first Community School in Las Cruces. Since then, Lynn has fed over 2000 meals to hungry children after school, initiated community based mentorships, implemented a variety of out of school time programs, and much more. The community schools movement is 100 years old, dating back to prominent education and social theorists such as John Dewey and Jane Addams. Today, there are over 5,000 community schools in the United States. Here in Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Partnership for Community Schools is a collaborative effort between the City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces Public Schools, NEA-Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, and a variety of nonprofit partners, businesses, faith-based organizations, as well as students, educators, and families. The Partnership aims to support and spread the community school strategy – transforming schools into neighborhood hubs — throughout our City.

Lynn, with its goal of involving the entire community in education, serves as the pilot site for the work of the HAZLO Foundation.

Cruces Creatives

Cruces Creatives is a 501(c)(3) makerspace in Las Cruces, New Mexico, that serves as a springboard for human creativity by bringing together a vast range of tools, creative people from all sorts of backgrounds, and community-led workshops and events that celebrate every form of making that the zoning codes will allow. The specific mission of Cruces Creatives is to foster economic development, further education, support the arts, protect the environment, strengthen social connections, and advance science and technology by connecting people with the tools, training, and community to make practically anything.

Located in a 12,400 ft2 building in downtown Las Cruces, Cruces Creatives offers community access to resources including

  • a laser cutter;
  • floor looms;
  • a 72” vinyl printer;
  • vinyl cutters;
  • 3D printers (resin and filament);
  • a 1,000 W PA system with two wireless microphones;
  • two CNC machines;
  • a milling machine;
  • a fully equipped woodshop featuring table saws, band saws, lathes, sanders, grinders, scroll saws, drill presses, a sliding compound miter saw, a planer, multiple corded and cordless power tools, and multiple hand tools;
  • lapidary equipment;
  • glass-cutting equipment;
  • a fully equipped bicycle repair and maintenance shop;
  • computer workstations;
  • a laboratory of electronics equipment, including professional testing equipment, soldering stations, breadbox circuit boards, microprocessors, and more;
  • an audio recording studio;
  • a photography and videography studio with professional lighting equipment, cameras, and backdrops;
  • a textile lab with over 10 sewing machines, two industrial machines capable of working canvas and light leather, a shoe patch machine capable of working heavy leather, knitting and weaving supplies, cutting boards, and supporting tools and supplies;
  • and more.

For student projects that require tools not typically available in schools, Cruces Creatives serves as a project site.

More information about Cruces Creatives is available at

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