Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

... for helping with Community Arts fest

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all who attended and helped with the first Community Arts Celebration that was held Saturday, Jan. 29, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Our goal was to provide an event that would celebrate children and art and also help the community learn about Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to working with the school district to support increased arts in our Juneau Public Schools.

It was so rewarding to see so many Juneau children having a great time doing art projects and to get such a good response from many people interested in joining our efforts. The Arts for Kids board is enormously grateful to the many groups and individuals who generously gave their time and materials to provide art projects for kids to "make and take" at the event.

These individuals are: Elizabeth Knecht from the Alaska State Museum; Marianne Manning, Manda Thompson, Jan Niemeyer and the many wonderful High School Art Club students; Jane Lindsey from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; Mary Lou King and Kay Parker from Ravenstail Weaver's Guild; Heather Ridgway, Brenda Taylor and Sue and Vic Walker; Tlingit and Haida Headstart teachers Lorrie Wright, Rita Antonioli, Lisa Pennoyer, Krista Bertholl, Linda Squibb and Melissa Morgan; our demonstrating artists, Joe Buck, Kathy Wiest, Marcia Miller, Constance Hartle and Vicki Soboleff; thank you to Nancy Huebschen from Skeins yarn shop and Marcia Liliedahl for weaving with the children; and to Jeff Brown for donating the button maker.

Many thanks also to Melissa Brockman, David Seid, Harriet Milks and Sara Raster for providing food and for helping in so many ways. Thank you so much for your support of the arts! We hope to see you all at our upcoming fund-raisers that will make the programs possible. I believe our Juneau students will benefit from our efforts in the years to come, as we see the increase of art programs in our schools.

Nancy Lehnhart,

Arts for Kids

... for helping with Tie One On for Safety

Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Youth In Action wish to thank all of the organizations that participated in the Tie One On for Safety campaign this holiday season. These organizations gave up valuable counter space to display boxes of ribbons from November through New Years. Their patrons were encouraged to take a free ribbon and tie it on their vehicle to represent their commitment not to drink and drive or to provide alcohol to minors.

We are grateful for Mendenhall Auto, Shattuck and Grummett, JRC, Heritage Coffee, Valley Blockbuster, Rainbow Foods, A&P, Western Auto, Safeway, Superbear, UAS Housing Lodge, Don Abel Building Supplies, Juneau Police Department, Glacier Pediatrics, Valley Medical, Family Practice, Alaska Pacific Bank, Floyd Dryden, Alaska First National Bank, Valley Lumber, Foot Locker and Hair Etc.

From 2000 though 2003, drunk driving killed 173 people in Alaska. Hopefully your support will reduce those numbers over the next four years.

Jessica Paris, coordinator

MADD Youth In Action

... for support of the tsunami victims

I want to take a moment to thank the Juneau community and my students. Recently, we held a spaghetti feed at the high school to raise money for victims of the tsunami. What a great success! Students worked tirelessly and quickly to organize this event.

It could not have been possible without the help of Pat Kohan and family; McDonald's; Costco; Hearthside; Community Schools; Mike Young for making the sauce from scratch; Shanna Galluzzo; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Amnesty International; National Honor Society; Interact Club; Friend's Club; Student Council; America's Youth for Environmental Action; Chris Carte and her Entrepreneur class; and all of the great students and parents from the community that volunteered their time to organize, set up, cook and clean.

We also want to thank all of the great people who attended the dinner and contributed. It is inspiring to see people from all walks of life come together for a good cause. Hopefully this is just the beginning of our important work as there are many in need in our community, our country, and our world.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Gretchen O. Kriegmont, faculty

Juneau-Douglas High School

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