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Sterling Head Start now enrolling

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Sterling Head Start is getting ready to begin its preschool program Monday.

To be eligible, children must have been 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 15, 2000, and from families that meet federal income guidelines.

The program will run 3 1/2 hours per day, four days a week. Bus transportation will be provided within a designated service area, which includes Soldotna. Nutritious meals and snacks will be provided daily.

The new program is free to eligible children and their families. It is operated by the Rural Alaska Community Action Program based in Anchorage.

Kenai schools to hold talent show

The 12th annual Mountain View-Kenai Middle School Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Twenty acts, selected at auditions, will include students from grades three through eight. First, second, and third places will be awarded for each school. The program also features guest entertainment from the senior girls' dance class from Vergine's Dance Studio in Soldotna.

Emcees for the event will be eighth-graders Sara Diamond and Ashley King.

The event is a fund-raiser for the KMS choir program. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults and $15 for a family. Tickets can be

purchased at the schools Monday and Tuesday or at the door.

Charter school starts enrollment lottery

Aurora Borealis Charter School, a public school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will conduct an enrollment lottery April 10. The lottery determines the 2001-02 school year placement of students now on a waiting list.

Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell and Company, certified public accountants, will supervise the lottery. Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All applications for enrollment must be delivered in person to the school office no later that 4 p.m. March 16. The lottery results will be posted at ABCS on April 16.

If your child has a lottery number, you will not need to go through another lottery. The school asks that if you no longer want to be on the waiting list, you contact Debbi Palm at 283-0292.

Author visits area schools

David Greenberg, an author of children's books, will visit area elementary schools next week and bring along copies of his books.

His works include "Slugs," "The Great School Lunch Rebellion," "Your Dog Might Be a Werewolf -- Your Toes Could All Explode" and "Bugs."

Tuesday, he will visit Redoubt Elementary in Soldotna and be the special guest during a family night from 6:30 to 7:30 in the school library.

Jan. 31, he will join students at Sears Elementary in Kenai.

Feb. 1 and 2, Greenberg will visit Nikiski Elementary and hold an evening family presentation in the school library from 6:30 to 7:30. The Feb. 1 visit is open to the community. Refreshments will served, and everyone will have the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of Greenberg's books. The Nikiski Elementary library, through its annual gift wrap and book fair fund-raising efforts, will sponsor his visit.

VFW offers scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a high school graduating student with the desire to further his or her education. Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered.

Monetary awards will be given to local winners, and they also get a chance to complete for one of two $1,000 scholarships awarded to statewide winners. The application deadline is March 10.

For more information or an application, contact your school counselor or call the VFW Auxiliary president at 262-1352.

KMS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for January. They are Sean Booher, Chris Coon, Damien Bowles, Chelsie Harris, Siri Larson, Amber McGlasson, Karlyn Remsen, Kendra Remsen, JB Swan, Toshua Wade and Ashley Woolley. They will be treated to lunch, courtesy of Burger King, soon.

College board tests coming up

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) will be given Saturday. The deadline to register for the next round of the tests, to be given March 31, is Feb. 23.

For more information on financial aid, SAT or PSAT sign-ups go to or contact a high school counselor as soon as possible.

Challenger Center announces contest winners

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska announced seven contest winners of an Earth System Science Distance Learning Mission, sponsored by Tesoro Petroleum.

Area winners are Sterling Elementary School and Susan B. English School in Seldovia.

Winners were selected based on the design of a mission patch that the students in the class created for their mission. The Earth System Science Distance Learning missions include a two-day teacher training session, four weeks of in-the-classroom curriculum and a two-hour mission flown via the Internet using video streaming from the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai into the classroom.

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