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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

In-service days close public schools

Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have a four-day weekend coming up. Schools will be closed for students Monday and Tuesday due to districtwide in-service training. Individual schools will hold workshops for staff regarding their school improvement plans. School secretaries will have specialized training at Skyview High School, and special education teachers will attend a separate professional seminar at Soldotna High School.

Challenger center offers class scholarships

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, based in Kenai, will award scholarships for 20 Alaska classrooms to participate in a unique distance learning experience. Students and teachers will be trained as earth system scientists, participate in an interactive learning simulation via the Internet and learn to work as a team.

The scholarships for Earth Science Simulation are funded by a federal NASA grant called Today's Children ... Tomorrow's Future arranged by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

The simulations are designed for middle and high school students studying earth science. It features monitoring of events on Montserrat, a volcanic Caribbean island.

Applicants need to apply by Oct. 15. Applications are available by e-mail from steve.horn@akchallenger.org, on the Internet at www.akchallenger.org, by phone at 283-2000 or by fax at 283-2279.

District offers completed budget to public

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has published its 2001-02 annual budget plan. Copies are available to the public.

The document includes an explanation of how the budget is derived, the history of district funding and school-by-school information on enrollment and spending.

To get a copy, stop by the district central office in the Borough Building on Binkley Street in Soldotna or call 262-5846.

Scholarships planned to honor casualties

The National Alliance for Excellence Inc., a nonprofit foundation that administers scholarship programs, announced Friday a new initiative called the Towers of Excellence Memorial Scholarships.

The program being set up allows individuals, families, companies, organizations or agencies to establish scholarships honoring people from their ranks lost in the New York and Washington, D.C., attacks.

"The entire nation has suffered a profound loss as a result of the events of Sept. 11, but none more so than the families and groups left behind. This program is intended to help remember those whose lives were lost by providing the means for their spirit to live on in the works of deserving young people following in their footsteps," said Linda Paras, president of the NAE in a prepared statement.

"It is our hope that the Towers of Excellence scholarship program will be a lasting tribute and help preserve the nation's best memories of individuals who were themselves towers of excellence in their communities."

For more information on the program, contact the Alliance at (732) 747-0028 or visit its Web site at www.excellence.org.

Sitka college offers program

Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka began a new program this fall for high school students interested in college who have not received diplomas after four years of high school.

The college prep program is designed to provide an appealing and viable alternative to a fifth year of high school. It enrolls students in community core classes to address high school deficiencies and earn college credits. Students are eligible to participate in all college activities.

For more information, check the college Web site at www.sj-alaska.edu or contact Elizabeth Lower at elower@sj-alaska.edu or call her at (800) 478-4556.

After the Bell offers SMS club activities

After the Bell at Soldotna Middle School is starting activity clubs. These fun clubs are open to any student in the school.

The Horse Lovers' Club will meet Thursdays beginning at 2:30 p.m. You do not have to own a horse to belong. The only requirement for membership is to be horse crazy and to want to learn more about horses.

The Fantastically Fun Cooking Club kicked off this week with three days of Cajun cooking classes with the school's own Cajun cook, Mrs. Myrick. The cooking club will meet weekly with various community cooks to have fun with food.

Watch for other great clubs coming up. Boys and Girls Club annual membership ($20) is required to join any of the activity clubs. Materials or activity fees may be required for some clubs and activities. For more information, contact Rosy Thompson at 392-2923 or after 2:30, 262-4344 ext. 255.



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