Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, and I want to thank all those who contributed food or time to help this effort. Undeterred by cool temps and light rain, Eagle River’s letter carriers picked up 3732 pounds of food which you, the local community, generously placed by your mailboxes.
Stamping Out Hunger was a big success this weekend. On Saturday, May 12 the letter carriers of the Chugiak Eagle River area conducted their annual food drive. The event, which began 20 years ago, is the largest single day food drive in the United States. More than 200,000 carriers in over 10,000 communities are involved. Last year the donations totaled greater than 70 million pounds of food nationwide and 60,000 pounds of food in Alaska alone.
I know Kim Skipper is running for State House in Alaska and wanted to share a story with you about her tremendous concern and care for others.
We are writing to share our concern for the Visual Arts program in the Anchorage School District. In art classes, students are taught to envision, persist, create, innovate and use their imagination. As art teachers, we can point to numerous former students who are now studying and/or working in graphic design, illustration, architecture and art education. When considering our educational system, and how best to prepare students for the workforce, we understand that the skills we teach will help prepare students for a job market that is unpredictable and ever-changing. For many of our students, the arts are their home throughout the day, the place where they learn how to express themselves, and where they meet their friends and other like-minded peers. Educational studies have shown definitively that students with access to arts education have better academic results, better workplace opportunities and more civic engagement.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry would like to thank our area scouts and our local community. “Scouting for Food,” during which Scouts collect food for local food banks and food pantries, started nationwide in 1986. Today, scouts are committed to providing millions of hours of service.
I am writing to correct a statement made in a candidate profile that ran in your paper just before the April election. Another school board candidate (who was not my opponent) stated that I want to rebuild West for $300 million. This is an inaccurate portrayal of my involvement in the West-Romig as a Center of Community master plan. I joined the steering committee for redeveloping the West-Romig campus because of my position as the executive director of the Anchorage School Business Partnerships, a program that sets up partnerships between businesses and organizations with K-12 schools in the Anchorage School District. Any ASD project that potentially includes and encourages the community to participate in education is of interest to the partnership program.