Merlynn Waconda, Administrative Assistant
Victoria Sarracino, Laguna Cultural Enrichment Coordinator (LCEP)
Ronald Sarracino, Wellness Coordinator
Isiah Whitmore, Wellness Coordinator
Lorencita Riley- Aragon, Diabetes Care Coordinator
Mission: To provide structured Wellness/Fitness, educational, leisure time activities and programs to enhance the quality of life for the members of the surrounding Pueblo of Laguna communities.
Through creative programming the department will provide activities centered around the risk factors for chronic disease; namely physical fitness, healthy challenges, leadership activities, cultural preservation and physical well being to all who participate.
Provide a creative and structured program of activities that entails wellness and fitness as well as educational opportunities for the members of the Pueblo and the general public. This is accomplished by utilizing the following program features: Wellness based activities, Sports programming; special events, health education/screenings and fitness programs. Within this aspect, the Sports & Wellness/Diabetes Program has adopted a seasonal programming concept. Target age groups are from children age 6 and above, young adults and adults.
Laguna Cultural Enrichment Program-
Located at the Kawaika center offers ongoing, center based, and special village based cultural and traditional instruction in classes, and experiential learning in arts, crafts, cooking, language, and other aspects of culture. Classes the program is organizationally part of the Sports and Wellness program. The program is organizationally part of the Sports and Wellness program. Contact: Vicky Sarracino for information at 552-7243. contact: Vicky Sarracino for information at 552-7243.
Programs : Soccer, basketball, Tiny Tots, archery, golf, swimming, biking, volleyball, and tournament play.
Special Events: Annual July 4th Fireworks Display, Laguna Fiesta Parade, Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair, Christmas holiday light display, school wide Christmas youth coloring contest, Community Christmas week activities.
Gym use: The Gym is available for rent and use for special events, tournaments, and dances.
Special programs for fitness, sports and experiential outings available to children, youth, teens, adults and elders.
Wellness/Fitness Series: "Just Move It Series" walk/runs at all village/fiesta days, Winter walk/run series, coordination/collaboration of walks/runs with other tribal programs, walk-down-the line, Red ribbon relay.
K'awaika Center Activities: Game room, pool tables/foos ball/air hockey, public bicycle lunch/after work program, Rio Grande Zoo To You, , Fall arts & crafts festival, open gym activities.