Thank you

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2004

... to Sorenson, principal, teachers and parents

Over the past few months the Juneau Empire has reported on the expansion of the Juneau School District's districtwide Montessori Program. The end result is that the Montessori Program was allowed to expand but in a different school in order to accommodate the concerns of the teachers and parents in which the existing program is currently housed - Harborview Elementary School. The impact of moving this expansion classroom to Glacier Valley Elementary was substantial and created a plethora of issues that needed to be addressed.

In steps Assistant Superintendent Bernie Sorenson. She has worked very hard for the past few months with Montessori families, Glacier Valley Principal Ted Wilson and Glacier Valley teachers and parents to find a resolution to the expansion and all the issues that surround it. She is a creative thinker and problem solver and we are grateful for all the time and energy she put into helping our community work through this situation. Thanks Bernie!

I would also like to thank the Glacier Valley community (principal, teachers and parents) for welcoming our program into their school. We look forward to being an asset to their community. As a parent, it is reassuring and comforting to know that my child is a welcomed and valued member of the school.

Jeannie Conneen


... to the Red Cross and to the people of Juneau

Last week I was in your "shelter" in Juneau when the Baranof Hotel was evacuated due to the fire. I'm back in Holland now, and I want to thank you again for your help. It was a good experience to be helped when we couldn't go back to the hotel and night was coming.

Although we were not in "danger" or anything like that (only tired), it was good that there were people who cared for us.

Thanks a lot and I hope the people from Juneau who are really in trouble, such as the owners of the burnt buildings, will get their help too.

Marlene Minderhoud

(The Netherlands)

... to Capital City Fire and Rescue stalwarts

Thanks to the Capital City Fire and Rescue stalwarts who saved Juneau from our nightmare scenario - major destruction of our downtown business district. As destructive as the fire was, our firefighters contained it to just one building despite the tinderbox nature of our historic city center.

Thanks, also, to the CBJ Assembly and the budgets they approved that provided the training and resources for members of our fire department and the taxpayers who paid for it. You've all proven that professional public servants are not just "costs" but, if nurtured and trained, provide incalculable value. Our investment in the men and women of CCFR paid off in a really, really big way.

Kim Elton

Juneau state senator

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