Community members pitch in to consolidate schools

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2004

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nikiski community for all of its support through the consolidation process. Over the past 12 months, we have experienced the true meaning of community. Members of Nikiski have stepped up to support the consolidation of the two Nikiski elementary schools.

We had help from local businesses: A A Dan's Construction Inc. moved dirt to prepare for the installation of the new playground, and Quick Construction moved a custodial shed.

The support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's maintenance crew has been essential to this process. From the purchase and installation of the new playground equipment to the physical move of the computer lab, they have worked hard to prepare our school and create what we believe is the best "schoolhouse" in the district. We couldn't have done this move without the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's warehouse staff. A special thanks to Kirk Williams, Jerilee Johnson and David Blackley, who literally moved an entire school of furniture and materials from one building to another.

Finally, a huge thank you goes out to the Young Marines, who volunteered their time to assist us this summer. Led by leaders Carol Lasky, Tammy Whitaker and Chuck Williams, this group spent two full days doing the physical move of much of the furniture and boxes. The Young Marines were represented by young men and women including Nick Whitaker, Chris Targonsky, Hayley Bartlett, Tony Folkes, Brady Tragonsky, Jordan Chilson, Audrey Targonsky, Steve Whitaker, Colin O'Sullivan and Robert Burns.

Finally, a personal thank you to the custodians from each of the two buildings. With positive attitudes and hard work, Patty Gallien, Veja Showalter and Robin Purkerson continue to prepare our building for students and staff later this month.

It has been quite a journey, but we believe we will be ready to "Open a New Door" on Aug. 24. Parents, students and community members are invited to join the Nikiski-North Star staff at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, for welcoming ceremonies and a look at the new school. Students will be able to meet their teachers and check out their new room. The NNS PTA will be selling full sets of classroom supplies. Parents are encouraged to purchase their child's supplies on this evening, as well. A reminder that student planners will be given, free of charge, to all fourth- through sixth-grade students.

Thank you, again, to all who have been and continue to be involved in the development of what will be the best elementary school on the Kenai Peninsula.

We look forward to seeing all the Nikiski area students on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the start of an awesome year!

Principal Lori Manion and Nikiski-North Star Elementary staff



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