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August Issue 5 2013

Making wearabale AK art

What if you could capture the magic of the northern lights from the sky and hold on to its kaleidoscope of greens, blues and violets in your hands forever? This dream can now come true through Alaska Art Experience, a new visitor attraction in Chugiak.

Putting down roots August Issue 5 2013

Putting down roots

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.

Local Head Start program seeks students August Issue 5 2013

Local Head Start program seeks students

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.

Chugiak-Eagle River makes the grade August Issue 4 2013

Chugiak-Eagle River makes the grade

According to rankings compiled by the State of Alaska, schools in Chugiak-Eagle River are among the highest-ranked in the Anchorage School District and statewide.

August Issue 3 2013

Fierce monofill fight far from finished

Emotions continue to run high in the battle over a proposal to develop an inert waste landfill in Chugiak. After three hours of public testimony on the matter Monday, Aug. 12, the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission continued its public hearing until after a work session scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19 can be completed. Commissioners said they want more time to hear from developers about their long-term plans for the site where the so-called “monofill” would be located.

Incentivized education August Issue 3 2013

Incentivized education

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.

Leadership changes at area schools August Issue 3 2013

Leadership changes at area schools

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.

School district permits new devices in class August Issue 3 2013

School district permits new devices in class

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.

U.K. man raises money for Fisher House August Issue 2 2013

U.K. man raises money for Fisher House

A young man by the name of Ollie Plunket recently decided to take a seven-month motorcycle ride for charity. The mission of this 18-year-old from Buckingham, England, was to help military members and their families get the care and support they need overseas. He was raising money for the newly built Fisher House, the only one in the United Kingdom, which opened in June.

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