Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003

... for help with 'Read and Shine Under the Northern Lights'

On Oct. 15, Gastineau Elementary hosted an evening of literacy. More than 200 people attended the festive salute to literacy, titled "Read and Shine Under the Northern Lights."

Parents and children came to hear stories, read with their children, visit with community members, local authors, and at the end of the evening the children were able to go home with a book of their choice.

The staff of Gastineau school would like to thank those of you who made this event a true celebration in the world of books and literacy. Thank you to Hearthside Books and Rainy Day Books for your generous donations; thank you to Carol Race for setting up a booth so that children and parents could sign up for a public library card and hear about the public library programs.

Thank you to our local talent of authors and storytellers: Jean Rogers, Nora Dauenhauer, Ed and Nancy Ferrell, Grace Elliott, Jan Van Slyke, Maya Pisel, Jim Fowler and Susi Gregg Fowler, and Neil Gilbertson for volunteering your time and talent to talk with parents and children about the wonderful world of books and how an idea becomes a book.

Thank you to Leslie Wood, Gastineau's music teacher, for providing the background music for all to join in the singing of the Alaska Flag Song. Thank you to Capital Copy for printing the beautiful posters advertising the event. Thank you to Brian Wallace of the Empire, who was able to capture the storytelling of Ms. Dauenhauer and showcase it in the newspaper.

One way for students to strengthen their reading achievement is to read at home.

Thank you to the parents and children who took time from busy, busy schedules to spend a couple of hours enriching lives of young children. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community.

Principal Angie Lunda

and the staff at Gastineau Elementary

... for helping DIPAC

During the month of October, DIPAC hosted its annual salmon education program at the Macaulay Hatchery Visitor center. More than 1,000 students and 400 adults participated in learning about hatchery operations and the wonders of the salmon life cycle. DIPAC sincerely thanks the following folks for helping making it a very informative and enjoyable time. Central to making it happen successfully were our outstanding community volunteers who served as teaching aides: Emma and David Deats; Debbie Douglass; Joyce Landingham; Janet, Jacob, Lindey and Jenna Olstead; Dawn Wolf; and Helena Zimmerman. Joyce Kitka of the Juneau School District and office staffers at the local schools made it possible to spread the word announcing the program to interested teachers. All the teachers, parents and other adult volunteers were much appreciated for their help guiding students in the activities and providing transportation. Bus transportation was also provided for various classes by ABG, Goldbelt, Grayline, Princess Tours and Tlingit-Haida Headstart.

Thanks to everyone for helping educate our students about one of our greatest natural resources - Alaska salmon.

Rich Mattson, education coordinator

Rob Parsons, tourism manager

... for contributing to Opera to Go!'s success

A belated but heartfelt thank you to all those who contributed to the success of Opera to GO!'s October Fundraiser, "Tour de Force," including painters who donated a portion of the sale of their beautiful work - David Woodie, Devita Stipek Writer, Rick Clair, Ken DeRoux, Barbara Craver, Jim Fowler, Paul Voelckers, Charles Rohrbacher, Mary Pat Wyatt, Roxanne Turner and Alan Munro; the great musicians who contributed their talents - Sue Kazama, Cathy Pashigian, Philippe Damerval, Lorraine Marshall, Todd Hunt, Jason Alexander, Rebekka Smith and Brett Crawford; the Silverbow Inn for helping host the event; Carr's floral center for the lovely irises; Alaska Airlines and San Francisco Opera for our December raffle grand prize; Holy Trinity Church for the use of their piano; Claire Richardson, our extraordinary mistress of ceremonies, and especially to Jim Fowler, who curated the remarkable art auction. Thanks also to those who purchased artwork at the auction: Jill Geering, Don Ingle, Kristen K'eit, Doug and Angela Smith, Jay Query and Julie DeLong, Johanna Smith, Gail Thorpe-Lucero, Natalie Yamaguchi and Patricia Yearty. All proceeds from this event will help fund our upcoming children's opera, "L'Enfant et les Sortileges."

Joyce Parry Moore

the Opera to GO! board of directors

... Jason Wiard

Thank you so much Jason Wiard. Monday, Nov. 17, with snow covering the ground, my wife and children were helpless when they got a flat tire. You were so kind to stop, take my children to school, and return with coffee and fix the flat. You are a saint. You are in our prayers.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Winters

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