Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2001

Collecting aluminum cans offers valuable lessons in stewardship

I would like to thank the sponsors of the Great Aluminum Can Race for the opportunity to provide the children of Sterling Elementary School with a means of giving back to their community.

The Kenai Peninsula Green Star Program helps us to teach our children about stewardship for the planet and more immediately for the community we live within. As sponsors, Alaska Communications Systems (PTI) and Peninsula Sanitation made this fun way to learn about recycling possible. In the process of cleaning up our peninsula and the neighborhood, the Sterling Elementary School Falcons collected 1,034 pounds of aluminum cans. They were only bested in their efforts by Kenai Middle School. Good job, KMS, and thanks again to this year's sponsors of the Great Aluminum Can Race.

Paul Kubena, principal Sterling Elementary School

Generosity of community ensures memorable learning experiences

On May 9, we held the annual Sears Elementary School Carnival. This event is a fund-raiser for our spring field trips to Homer, Halibut Cove and the Anchorage Zoo. These trips provide wonderful hands-on experiences for the children, as they get to meet in real life the critters they have been studying in books.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents and friends who worked during the event and especially the local businesses who donated items and helped to make it so successful.

For the first time this year we held a raffle and would like to take this opportunity to thank these generous donors: Jackie Bock made a piece of stained glass and Doug Sears, grandson of Sterling S. Sears for whom our school is named, donated a vacation package at the Hilton Resort in the Grand Cayman Islands.

We are also very grateful to the Kenai Police Department for their help and to Alaska Airgas, Blockbuster, Carrs, McDonalds, Fred Meyer and The Video Place for their generous donations. These local businesses make this a great community in which to live and raise a family.

Diane Porter for the teachers and families Sears Elementary School


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