Students’ teamwork should not go unnoticed

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2006

The Arctic Winter Games are here. Whether or not a person supports the games being here on the peninsula, the fact remains that we are in the midst of hosting hundreds of athletes and coaches from many countries. Our community is involved in a huge undertaking and it is that sense of “community” that I would like to address.

In the mid-1600s, the colony of Massachusetts passed the first education laws this side of the big pond known as the Pacific Ocean. If one is to read those laws one sees that the elders in the community cared that young people learned skills that would make the community a better place. Students should not only know how to read and write, but also to work.

It is that learning to work in order that the community is a better place that I saw so incredibly demonstrated (March 2) at Soldotna Middle School and Redoubt Elementary.

Hundreds of bunk beds required unpacking, covering in protective cases and assembled for the arriving athletes. It was a task that had to be done because the community needed it done. I personally witnessed students not only from Soldotna Middle, but also from KCHS, Skyview and SoHi jump into the task with amazing zeal and teamwork.

We hear and read stories about students not doing the right thing, but here was an instance of OUR youth pitching in and making our community a better place through their hard work.

I would encourage anyone to stop a student and compliment them their efforts because isn’t that what we would truly like to recognize them for, building up the community in which we all live?

Michael Gustkey


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