ANS Camp 70 fed the minds of students

One of the main goals of Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 is improvement in education. A project that we have organized since 2009 is the “Feed the Mind Campaign” where we provide healthy snacks for all students doing standardized testing or high school qualifying exams during the first two weeks of April. This year there were 9,880 total students testing — 1,464 students April 3; 760 students April 4; 760 students April 5; 386 students April 6; 2,170 students April 10; 2,170 students April 11; and 2,170 students April 12. Each year the schools and the students look forward to and appreciate the snacks we have delivered.


ANS Glacier Valley Camp 70, along with many parents, educators, and health professionals acknowledge a strong association between what our children eat and their performance. Students who eat breakfast before school are more likely to receive better test scores and grades compared to the students who did not have breakfast. Studies show that improved functions include verbal fluency, arithmetic, tests of attention, memory, creativity, physical endurance, and general tests of academic achievement and cognitive function.

It was another successful year as we received $6,675 in donations, with Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 and Alaska Native Brotherhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 each contributing $1,000. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following who have contributed: Sealaska Corporation, Tlingit-Haida Vocation Training Resource Center, Tlingit-Haida Community Council, Sons of Norway, Coeur Alaska-Kensington Gold Mine, First Bank, Representative Cathy Muñoz, Representative Beth Kerttula, Senator Dennis Egan, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, Barbara Searls, Milton DeAsis, Costco, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 262 and Carpet Source.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped purchase, package and deliver these nutritious snacks to all the schools involved.

They have helped ANS Glacier Valley Camp 70 fulfill one of our main goals by providing toward the nourishment and success of our students. Again we thank those organizations and individuals who have helped make our project such a success.

Thank you.

Beverly Russell,

Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp #70


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