Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School covered play area advocate Patrick Owen, right, handsPrincipal Barb Mecum a check for nearly $9,000 for the Covered Play Area Activity Account, for which Owen solicited the funds from the community over the last five years. The facility will be built this summer.
"Patrick has been instrumental in moving this project forward for our school," Mecum said. "He began advocating years ago, and has been a driving force all along the way. We appreciate his dedication to our school and our community. The funds will be used for equipment and special events in the facility."
Donors included TEMSCOHelicopters, Wings of Alaska, Doug Chilton, Bryan Chilton, Muñoz Art Gallery, Dorothy Owen, Yvonne Garvey, Youona Cavey, Goldbelt Corp., Tracy and Don Kubley, Wal-Mart, AEL&P, Costco, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70, Tlingit & Haida Central Council, Cathy Muñoz and Home Depot.