For the fourth year in a row, the CHOICE program at Juneau-Douglas High School has teamed up with Alaska Pacific Bank to help others. In its annual "Pounds of Pennies" drive, students in the 95-member program pool their pennies and are matched by the bank to assist a charitable organization. This year students brought in more than 40,000 pennies and they and the bank presented a check for $850 to the Glory Hole to provide food for homeless and needy teens through the Zach Gordon Youth Center.
CHOICE and Alaska Pacific have contributed a total of nearly $3,000 to non-profit organizations, including the AWARE shelter and the American Red Cross.
CHOICE stands for Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education. It's a four-teacher team that serves JDHS students in grades 9 through 11 who have not had success in mainstream academics.