Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2001

CASA seeks advocates for youth

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program will conduct an information meeting for prospective volunteers at noon on Nov. 30 in the Assembly Bldg., Room 101, 211 4th Street, (across from the Scottish Rite Temple).

CASA volunteers are trained to research and represent the best interests of abused, neglected or abandoned children in court.

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. No legal or special background is necessary; it's all about caring and common sense. All our volunteers are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.

Once trained, a volunteer's work involves research into the background of the case, a review of documents and interviews with key individuals including the child. Ultimately, advocates recommend to the court what they believe is best for the child.

The results can be dramatic. Studies show that when a child has a CASA volunteer they are more likely to be adopted, rather than languish in long-term foster care. They are also more likely to receive needed services, such as: therapy, health care, education.

For more information, call the Juneau CASA program at 465-2268.

Charter School holds 'Magic Fall Raffle'

If drizzle and dreariness have you thinking of a vacation but your budget won't allow a break, increase your chances of getting away from it all by buying a raffle ticket during the Juneau Community Charter School's Romance and Magic Fall Raffle.

Grand prize is a Gustavus vacation for two compliments of Wings of Alaska and the Meadow's Glacier Bay Guesthouse.

Second prize is a framed Rie Munoz lithograph compliments of Rie Munoz Ltd.. Third prize is dinner for two at the Gold Room and a bouquet of roses (one rose for every year of the recipient's age) compliments of the Baranof Hotel and Miss Scarlett's Greenery. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will support the arts-based curriculum at the school. They will be sold at Alaskan and Proud market on Dec. 1, or can be bought from Charter School parents or by calling 586-2526.

Van Zyles offer workshop to girls

In conjunction with Gallery Walk, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council has arranged a special treat for local girls attending third grade and up. It is a workshop with artists Jon and Jona Van Zyle of Eagle River titled "Art: Inspiration and Adventure."

During a visit to Rainsong Gallery, the Van Zyles will demonstrate for young artists how to merge art and dog sled illustration. Jon has created many one-of-a-kind paintings, Iditarod posters and book illustrations. Jona is, like Jon, an experienced dog musher.

The workshop will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 1, at Rainsong, 291 S. Franklin. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Andy Peterson, Americorps/VISTA volunteer working with the Girl Scout Council, at 586-1710.

Juneau grad Kirchoff wins scholarhip

Rachael Kirchhoff of Juneau, a senior majoring in bioengineering at Syracuse University, was selected as one of 35 Remembrance Scholars at the school this fall.

Remembrance Scholarships are awarded in honor of 35 Syracuse University students killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The students were returning to the U.S. after a semester of studying abroad.

Applicants for the $5,000 scholarship were required to highlight their university and community service activities, complete an essay and be interviewed by a selection committee.

Kirchhoff, a 1998 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is the daughter of Matt and Patty Kirchhoff of Juneau.

Lovett earns Army Commendation medal

Army Sgt. Joshua Lovett was recently decorated with the Army Commendation Medal.

The medal is awarded to those who demonstrate outstanding achievement or meritorious service in the performance of their service duties.

Lovett is a senior heavy-wheel vehicle mechanic with the 82nd Engineer Company in Bamberg, Germany. He is the son of Beverly J. Lovett of Ketchikan and Joseph Lovett or Oregon.

UAS professor co-edits new book

Scott Christian, a member of the education faculty of the University of Alaska Southeast, has co-edited a new book, "Writing to Make a Difference." The book is a collection of classroom narratives by public school teachers about writing projects that focus on community needs and issues.

The other editor if Chris Benson, editor of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Magazine.

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