Challenge Day a success at Juneau high schools
On March 7, 8, 9 and 10, Juneau had the opportunity to experience Challenge Day again; 294 Juneau-Douglas High School and 52 Yaakoosge Daakaheedi High School students participated along with 85 adult volunteers.
Challenge Day allowed our students the opportunity to participate in a day-long powerful, high-energy program in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite students, staff and community members to addresses issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs into the school setting.
The students of Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau-Douglas High School and Yaakoosge Daakaheedi High School continue to inspire us with their stories, determination, and ability to improve and adapt. We encourage the students, parents, staff and community members of Juneau to take the challenge to “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” We have learned that each of us has the ability to change lives, whether it’s our own, a friend’s or a stranger’s. Listen, hug, forgive, thank, empower, encourage, change and act.
Challenge Day would not have been possible without the support of our community and sponsors, which included Juneau School District, Youth Action Committee, Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor, Valley Chiropractic Clinic, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary, Lessmeier & Winters, Faulkner Banfield, P.C., Valley Lumber, Logan General Tax Practice, Juneau Bone and Joint Center, Glacier Pediatrics, Gary Moeller, DDS, Mindy Shaw, DDS, Walmart, Duck Creek Market, AEL&P, Super Bear, Safeway, Sealaska, Costco, Family Practice, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Alaska Pacific Bank, Wolverine Courier, Rejuvenation & Christine Inc. I would like to thank you all for your overwhelming dedication to Juneau’s Youth and we hope to see you all at a Challenge Day in the near future!
It is our goal to bring Challenge Day to each of Juneau’s high schools as well as our middle schools as an annual event. The approximate cost is $40 per student; if you’re interested in sponsoring a student or class, making a donation or volunteering for this project please contact Tiffany Mahle at 321-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenge Day Coordinator
Special thanks to Harmon’s 4th-grade class at Auke Bay
The Grateful Dogs of Juneau made a request for pet food donations during the Iditarod Race at Auke Bay School. Amber Harmon and her fourth grade students accepted our plea and collected dog and cat food during the Iditarod Sled Race. Her students and their families collected the pet food donations for The Southeast Alaska Food Bank which The Grateful Dogs delievered. These donations were appreciated.
We applaud your thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you for thinking and sharing with others.
Board member, Grateful Dogs of Juneau
Thanks for helping with the Discovery Southeast dinner and auction
Discovery Southeast extends our sincere thanks to all of those who helped to make our April 1 fundraising dinner and auction at Centennial Hall a great success. The generous donations and efforts of all of the volunteers and contributors will help us to continue our work providing hands-on learning from nature for children, adults, students, and teachers through our programs and publications.
First, thank you to all the participants who bought tickets, attended, ate the wonderful dinner provided by Abby’s Kitchen & Catering, bid on auction items, competed in the Nature Jeopardy Contest and helped to make the event so much fun!
Thank you to Abby’s Kitchen & Catering, Taku River Reds and the Alaskan Brewing Company for contributing some of the food and beverages that we enjoyed. Special thanks to Ron Clarke for serving as auctioneer, to Missouri Smyth and the Alaska Youth Choir and Guo Xia and the Aurora Strings for the music, Ishmael Hope for storytelling and to Scott Burton for the sound system.
Thanks to Cathleen Balantic, Paulee D’Agostino and Rebecca Hartwell for the auction poster designs, to KTOO for publicity, and to Hearthside Books and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for ticket sales. A very special thank you to all of the over 100 businesses and individuals that contributed auction items, adventures, and yummy desserts. There were too many too list here, but a complete list can be found on our website at www.discoverysoutheast.org. We’d like to especially acknowledge American Safari Cruise for their eight-day Hawaii cruise donation.
Thanks also to the volunteers who helped to organize, set up, and run the auction including Nancy Long, Jan Carlile, Clair and FuBao Pavia, Jenni Lefing, Beth Potter, Corinne and Naara Conlon, Rob and Koren Bosworth, Keith Bunney, Ron Heintz, Johnny Connolly, James Sullivan, Tyler Browne, Mike Stanley, Larry West, Joe Geifer, Nicole Ferraro, Jennifer Treadway, Andrew DuBay, Kimberly Homme, Mark Millard, Richard Stokes, Kathy Hocker, and Diane Antaya.
Finally, thanks to Discovery Southeast staff Beth Weigel, Nicole Durbin, Cathleen Balantic, and Rick Bellagh and board members Tim Moore, Heather Hardcastle, Cathy Connor, Terry Schwarz, Zach Stenson, Butch Carber, Bonita Nelson, Brock Tabor, Demian Schane, Kevin Maier, Maura Sullivan, and Jess Parks who contributed hours of hard work before, during, and after the auction.
See you next year!
Discovery Southeast Board of Directors