Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

Entire community contributes to successful school year

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many teachers, support staff, community volunteers and businesses that have made contributions this year to the children of Sterling Elementary School.

Without the support of all of our school community stakeholders, we would not be able to provide the kind of quality educational opportunities for children that have become the hallmark of this great elementary school.

Innumerable contributions of time, effort and dollars have gone into creation of this year's school projects. Community businesses and organizations such as Unocal, Phillips Petroleum, Peak Oilfield Services, The Art Works, Magpies Pizzaria, the Sterling Senior Center, Abundant Life Assembly of God, Blakley's Auctions, Sterling Community Club, Central Peninsula General Hospital Safe Kids program, Alaska State Troopers DARE program, Boys & Girls Club, Sterling Head Start, Americorps, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and all of the time (both on and off the clock ) given by our certified and support staff have made a difference in the lives of our children.

Our dedicated parent volunteers have logged well over 1,900 hours of their freely given time to our school this year as well. Without this critical element of the personal volunteer work of so many individuals, none of the pieces to this picture could have come together so nicely.

We are a perfect example of the common knowledge that a child's true education comes from interacting with the world around them and that includes all of the supportive, caring people who make up their world. None of us could do it alone. Sterling Elementary School is a great place to learn.

Thank you once again to all who continue to make that happen. Have a wonderful and safe summer vacation.

Paul Kubena, principal, Sterling Elementary School

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