A war broke out in the sky above Alaska last week. Fortunately, everyone was on the same side. On Friday, Aug. 23, forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base concluded a two-week international training exercise with Japan, Australia and the Republic of Korea with a mock battle.
Families in Chugiak have found a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Grow ‘em. Led by several dedicated parent and student volunteers — along with support from staff at the school — “Rams Roots” is a new community garden project at Chugiak Elementary School that recently had its first harvest. On Aug. 20, gardeners spent a drizzly early fall afternoon picking a bumper crop of cabbage, peas, cucumber, herbs and more from the muddy soil. They’ll pull potatoes and carrots next month from the nine rows of brightly colored wooden boxes that make up the garden near the school’s main entryway.
Want to get your youngster enrolled in Head Start? Now’s your chance. The Head Start program at Chugiak’s CCS Early Learning has 10 spots available for the coming school year, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.
A few new bosses are in town. Ravenwood Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary and Chugiak High each have new principals for the 2013-14 school year.
The expression “school is your job” will take on a whole new meaning this year for some Eagle River High students. ERHS students who pass the AP exam in English, math and/or science at the end of the year with a score of 3 or higher will be paid $100 per passing grade.
This year, Chugiak and Eagle River High students will be permitted to use their cellphones in class — well, some classes. The two local high schools, along with East High and Romig Middle School, are part of a pilot program that permits students to use devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets for educational purposes.
Brendon Mezzetti’s violin is the Eagle River teen’s ticket around the world. Mezzetti, 18, recently returned home from a world tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a collection of 120 of the nation’s top young classical musicians assembled by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institue in New York.
Sometimes making donuts means making a difference. At this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life, the fundraising team of Stevie Larson, Belicia Norris, Cindy Henie and Teresa Pitt dished donuts as their way of fighting cancer.