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Posted: Friday, February 18, 2005

Committee studies school drop-out issue

"Graduation Success for All" is a Juneau School District initiative to reduce the dropout rate at the high school. The committee, made up of educators and members of the community, is studying the data on students who leave school early.

The committee would like to hear from the young men and women who left high school before graduation for whatever reason. The goal is to find out what kinds of actions taken inside the school system can help students succeed in school and graduate.

The survey is called, "Looking back on your years in Juneau-Douglas High School, what might have kept you from leaving?" Please go to to submit answers. Letters can be sent to Graduation Success for All, Juneau School District, 10014 Crazy Horse Drive, Juneau, AK 99801. The deadline is March 4.

Retreat offered for cancer survivors

Cancer Connection offers a retreat for women cancer survivors on Feb. 25-27 at the Shrine of St. Therese. Join women from all over Southeast in meditation, group talking circles, energy-balancing exercises, body work, individual sessions, good healthy food and a beading circle.

The retreat is open to all women. Preregistration is required. Call 796-CARE to register and for more information. Cost is $50, and scholarships are available if needed.

Eagle Scout to hold honors banquet

Join Sen. Ted Stevens in recognizing new Eagle Scouts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Juneau Elks Lodge, 109 S. Franklin St. The evening will include food and speakers supporting the scouting program in Southeast Alaska.

The event is sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Tickets are $40. Corporate tables and scout dinner sponsorships are available. Call 789-8440 for tickets and further information.

Lecture discusses water, life on Mars

Geology and geophysics Professor Buck Sharpton will speak as part of the Science for Alaska lecture series at 7:30 p.m., Monday at Centennial Hall. The series continues every Monday through February.

Sharpton will give his lecture "The Search for Water and Life on Mars." New information suggests the planet's surface once had water. This find means there is a possibility of ancient lake beds or seas, which increases the odds that Mars once harbored life.

The lectures are free and intended for all ages. For more information, contact Kevin Myers at 465-6530.

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