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Kenai Middle

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Students have worked hard on a kayak building project, which took longer than the previously made canoes. The kayak is 15 feet, 2 inches long, 32 inches wide and 12 inches deep and weighs 75 pounds. The lines for the kayak were taken from a 70-year-old Klepper with a lot of influence from a 100-year-old Nome-area kayak. The frames are cedar and laminated oak plywood. The strips are quarter-inch oak plywood, and the seats and cockpit coaming are cedar. The boat is covered with 6 ounce cloth and three coats of epoxy. The sides have a double layer of cloth for impact resistance. The wide, flat bottom with a 1 1/2 inch rocker at each end is designed to give the boat stability and ease in handling. Two storage hatches are cut into the top with ample room for day use and short overnight gear. The area behind the seat is shaped and dished for sitting atop the kayak for better visibility or for extra gear storage. For more information, call KMS at 283-4896 or stop by to take a look. The kayak will be offered for sale for $800 through today. If not sold, it will go to raffle starting Thursday.

Progress reports were mailed last Friday. Families who did not receive one in the mail are asked to call the school.

Sixth-grade soccer started last Monday. The fee is $10 and applications are available in the office.

Don't forget the following dates:

Friday Club schedule;

Saturday Track at Seward;

May 9 Track boroughs at Skyview;

May 19 Farewell celebration;

May 20 and 21 Minicourses; and

May 22 Staff, student barbecue.



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