FAIRBANKS — Children in the after school program at Anne Wien Elementary School took on a service learning project this spring and netted a bounty of books, toys, games and craft products for children who are living at the Interior Center for Non-Violent Living and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.
In a service learning project, students do much more than just fill a community need, said Lea Hood, After School program coordinator at Anne Wien.
“Service learning is student driven, where students come up with ideas, research and figure out how to get resources, and support and prepare a plan to put in action,” she explained.
Fourth-grader Nicole Tallman, 9, came up with the project idea that she has firsthand knowledge of — that homeless shelters often have lots of toys for babies and small children to play with but not much for elementary age kids.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Every Friday during lunch, Barnette Magnet School student entrepreneurs set up shop outside the school gymnasium offering a variety of edibles and merchandise for students to buy.
The Barnette Mall is the student-run outgrowth of a multi-grade economics class taught two quarters each school year by electives teacher Colleen Smith.
In the classroom, students learn about economic concepts, supply demand, scarcity, how to invest money and how to run a business. Before opening a shop at the mall, students must first patent their idea, do a business plan and advertise.
Business is brisk since customers in grades four through eight may buy a variety products such as smoothies, slightly used clothing, or trading cards from student shopkeepers with money from their attendance earnings ($5 each day).Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Brandie Williams may have been at the alphabetical tail end of the “purple wave” of Lathrop High School graduates filing into the Carlson Center for graduation ceremonies last week, but she was No. 1 in her family’s eyes.
A contingent of a dozen proud family members cheered the petite 18-year-old as she accepted her well-earned diploma and crossed center stage, exchanging congratulatory handshakes with commencement speakers and school board members.
Earlier during the two-hour convocation, Brandie’s father, Kevin Williams, managed to unobtrusively pass water and a pill bottle to his daughter, who was seated within the ranks of the purple-gowned graduates, to keep Brandie in sync with her medication schedule.
Six years ago, Brandie was completing sixth grade at Hunter Elementary and struggling physically while waiting for a kidney transplant.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is asking the school board to reduce its bond package request for school upgrades and other major maintenance.
The two bodies met Monday to discuss more than a half dozen school projects the school board proposed in April. The proposed bond package had come in at more than $68 million and would be scheduled for the October ballot.
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FAIRBANKS — An extraordinary eye for detail is how art teacher Peter Robirds describes an artistic element inherent in Catalina Kremer’s artwork.
“Catalina is creative. Even though she is a shy student, using her love of art she was able to teach an art lesson to her peers.”
A fifth-grader at Two Rivers School, Catalina states that she likes designs — especially ones with swervy, curvy lines. She also likes mosaics where small pieces of ceramics or paper, or whatever materials are available are used to create a design.
Diligent is an adjective that Robirds uses to describe Catalina’s work ethic.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Ryan CAfE Night, a new event at Ryan Middle School, kicked off Friday evening with the thumping rhythm of Hawaiian music accompanied by swaying hips and flowing hand gestures to the delight of students, families and staff.
CAfE is an acronym for Cultivating Awareness for Everyone, explained Kristie Calvin, assistant principal intern at the middle school.
Shortly after coming to Ryan, Calvin noticed the great variety of cultural backgrounds among the student population and thought that celebrating and sharing those differences would provide an interesting and fun event.
“We need to celebrate the diversity,” she said. “So we are celebrating the diversity.”Read full article
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