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DIPAC thanks our community volunteers

Posted: December 30, 2012 - 1:02am

DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make our annual fall salmon education program a great success! A total of 1,435 students and adults, representing 55 school classes, visited the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2.

We sincerely thank the following people for helping make our program so successful. Central to its success were our outstanding community volunteers who served as teaching aides: George Bonnett, Katherine Hoch, Tyler Hammer, Mark Kaelke, Mark and Betty Johnson, and Helena Zimmerman. Thunder Mountain High School students Kelley Olson, Brad Gile and Connor Ulmer also assisted with our classes, as did Devin Hammonds from Juneau-Douglas High School Project Choice program. Students and staff members from both JDHS and TMHS Transitions programs provided faithful assistance throughout the program. Special thanks also goes to Trish Dearing from the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game education section for lending us their great kids salmon costume as well as assisting as a teaching volunteer. Patty Newman of the Juneau School District made it possible to spread the word to interested teachers. All the teachers, parents and other adult volunteers were much appreciated for their help guiding students in the activities and providing transportation. Bus transportation was also provided by First Student and Holland America-Princess Tours for various classes.

Equally appreciated are our student and community volunteers who helped maintain the aquariums and collect specimens for our aquariums and touch tanks this summer and fall: George Bonnett, Tezah Haddock, Devin Hammonds, Katie Hess, Katherine Hoch, Kelley Olson, Deray Sexton, Marsha, Steve and Owen Squires, Connor Ulmer and Aaron Woodrow.

We welcome volunteers who would like to assist with our ongoing education and community outreach programs and aquarium collection and maintenance activities. For further information, contact Rich Mattson at 463-1630 or email at rich_mattson@dipac.net.

Rich Mattson, Aquarium Manager/Education Coordinator

Sarah Lowell, Tourism Manager

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