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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007

Thanks for leadership in CHOICE projects

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The CHOICE program, Choosing Healthy Options In Cooperative Education, in Juneau-Douglas High School has concluded the freshmen group community service projects.

With support from members of our community and financial support from the Learn and Serve America grant, students developed projects to serve the community. For example, students created a web page for the Juneau City Museum, another group developed a mind/body/spirit presentation to promote wellness among high school students, and a different group developed potential plans for revitalizing the Lena Beach Picnic Area.

A very special thank you goes out to Donald Gregory, Alaska Native Carver; Cristina Reitz, Prevention Specialist; Hannah Gaebler, Americorps VISTA Volunteer; Alysia Mclain, Curator of Public Programs at the City Museum; Karen Maher, USDA Forest Service; and Bridget Crowell, Community Outreach Liaison at SEARHC. Without your leadership these projects would not have been possible.

Our CHOICE Sophomores are continuing to mentor elementary school children at Auke Bay Elementary or intern at local businesses. We would like to thank our Sophomore Sponsors Rita Antolini at Valley Head Start, Jeff Brown at KTOO Radio, Don Jackowic a MD Teacher, Tammy at Alaska Solutions Stephanie, Carson, and Gretchen at Heritage Coffee, Jill and Joe at Silverbow, Ann at AWARE Emergency Shelter for Women, Alice Bagoyo at Tlingit and Haida, Foad at Foreign Auto, Robert, Capital Records David and Janoak, Rainbow foods and Amy Sumner with BBBS. We would not have had such a great first semester without all of your help. Thank you.

Laura Stone

Vista for CHOICE


Thanks for donating to the Breakfast Club

The Glacier Valley Breakfast Club would like to thank Chapter G PEO Alaska and Ms. Pat Funk for their kind and generous donations. Their thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Carol Peterson


Gus' heartwarming story is appreciated

I thought this was a very heartwarming story, Jan. 25, about Gus the yellow Labrador. My son, Brian Kertz, lives on Douglas, and told me about Louie's Bar and about Gus. Of course, I didn't believe him. One summer we went to Juneau, and Brian took us to Louie's. We saw the dog. At first I was shocked, but when Brian told us the story about Gus and the hot dogs, it made me laugh. I enjoyed this story very much and appreciate how special Gus was to his owner and the residents and tourists of Juneau and Douglas.

Joyce Kertz

Burlington, Wis.

Thanks for contributing to Mathcounts

This fall, middle school students in Juneau and southeast communities had the opportunity to participate in Mathcounts, a nationwide math enrichment, coaching and competition program. Three middle schools from Juneau participated this year - Dzantik'i Heeni, Floyd Dryden and the Adolescent Montessori Program - at the Southeast Regional Competition, which was held Feb. 10 at Juneau-Douglas High School. The top six mathletes were then invited to the State Mathcounts Competition to be held on March 10 in Fairbanks.

In Southeast Alaska this program is made possible through the generous support of Carson Dorn Inc., Electric Power Systems Inc., Gorman Engineers, Haight & Associates Inc., Jensen Yorba Lott Inc., MRV Architects, Murray & Associates P.C., PND Engineering Inc., R & M Engineering-Juneau, R & M Engineering-Ketchikan, Randy Bayliss, P.E., Tetra Tech/KCM Inc., Toner-Nordling & Associates Inc., and Wilson Engineering. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation, the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers, and the local Capital City Engineers.

Mathcounts promotes math achievement with all the challenge of a school sports event. Student Mathletes are currently in training, using specially prepared coaching materials, provided free of charge by the Mathcounts Foundation to all middle schools across the country.

In January, the Mathletes competed to earn the right to represent their school at the local Mathcounts competition, with the opportunity to advance to state and national competitions. At all levels, students can compete as team members and individually in written and oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Students win prizes such as trophies and scholarships.

Good luck to all the coaches who prepared their students for the Chapter Mathcounts Competition on Feb. 10. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation or have any questions, please contact Douglas Murray, P.E. Southeast Alaska Mathcounts Coordinator, at 780-6151. With your help we can bring more math into the lives of our region's youth.

Douglas Murray

Mathcounts coordinator


Thanks for helping with our arts celebration

Arts for Kids would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who participated in the third annual Community Arts Celebration on Saturday, February 3rd, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. This event was a great success and met our goals of providing wonderful art experiences for the community and sharing information about the Juneau School District's new Elementary Art Program!

Thank you to the following artists who hosted 'make and take home' art projects: elementary art specialists Nancy Lehnhart and Heather Ridgway; high school art teachers Tom & Marianne Manning and Jan Neimeyer; pastel artist Barbara Craver; ceramic artists Joe Buck and James & Matt Voelckers; Juneau-Douglas City Museum public program curator Alysia McLain; Tlingit & Haida Head Start teachers Lisa Arehart, Melissa Morgan and Kyrstal Merculief; Ravenstail Weavers' Mary Lou King and Kay Parker; Juneau Artist Gallery collage and etching artist Dianne Anderson; and origami extraordinaire Agi Bellagh.

Thank you to the following artists who shared their artistic talents with the community through demonstration and discussion: Charlie Detjen, pysanky artist; Sherri McDonald, book binder and paper artist; Linda Vallie, Floyd Dryden Middle School art teacher and ceramic artist; and Diane Baxter, mixed media contemporary artist.

Twenty-three high school students enthusiastically volunteered their afternoon to help at the event. There are too many of you to thank individually but know that your assistance was invaluable!

Community members and district employees pitched in to help with set up and take down as well as the baking of sweets. Thanks to everyone who was a part of this effort and special thanks to Barbara Kelly, Kay Barrick, Shanna Galluzzo, Molly Yerkes, Jan Carlile and Linda Miller.

Thanks to Sid Browning and Marlena Sloss for making colorful and creative table signs.

Thanks to Jeff Brown for sharing his button making machine year after year!

Heartfelt thanks to Rie and Juan Munoz for so generously gifting beautiful Munoz prints to folks who contribute to Arts for Kids. Rie Munoz is a featured grade level artist in the Juneau Elementary Fine Arts Curriculum.

Finally, to the children of Juneau who came to the Community Arts Celebration, thanks for sharing your boundless creative energy and love of art with us all!

Suzanne Malter

Arts for Kids


Thanks for supporting the DZ science fair

The Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Science Fair Team - Mary Hausler, Gary Campbell, Topaz Shryock and Steve Morley - salutes and thanks Kensington Gold Mine and Coeur Alaska and a host of agencies, organizations and businesses for their generous support of the science fair. We especially thank Tim Arnold of Coeur Alaska (shown with science fair winners Maya Rieselbach and Tom Parker) for donating two IPods as fair prizes. A special thanks, as well, for science fair support from Sealaska, NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Discovery Southeast; as well as businesses that provided generous donations to the science fair including Capital Records, Costco, Gross Alaska Theaters, Hearthside Books and Toys, Heritage Coffee, The Rock Dump, Treadwell Ice Arena and Wild Spice.

Gretchen Garrett


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