The second-graders have been studying China and Japan. As part of this unit, they had a Japanese tea party complete with kimonos and a low table. They also celebrated the Chinese New Year by making red envelopes called licee. These envelopes traditionally are filled with money, but the students found chocolate coins in theirs.
Forty-five Aurora Borealis students participated in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fund-raiser. Money raised helps in research and treatment of childhood cancers and diseases. The students raised $2,806.35 this year. Many thanks to the generous donors who supported this effort.
The Patriot's Pen essay contest, sponsored by the VFW, announced its school and district winners for the annual essay contest. Aurora Borealis junior high students participated, each sharing "My Dream for America." School winners were Michael Brusvoort, first place; Marisa Kauffman, second place; and Maya Chay, third place. Michael also won the district competition, and his essay will be forwarded to the state competition for judging there.
Aurora Borealis will host the Alaska Charter School Conference in April. Watch for dates and times.
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