Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2000

Trails, community schools featured during winter extravaganza event

The Winter Kick-Off Extravaganza co-sponsored by Tsalteshi Trail Association and Soldotna Community Schools was a big success. It was a great evening of celebration -- the first winter kick-off event for the Trail Association and Soldotna Community Schools 25th anniversary.

Thanks to the following folks for making the evening so powerful: Robin Nyce, Sweeney's, Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge, Pizza Hut, the Kambe Theater, River City Books, Jersey Subs Inc., Molly's Flower Factory, The Fitness Place, Safeway, Gold Strike Lanes, Cad-Re, Healthy Changes, Northcountry Fair, Soldotna Sports Center, Acapulco Restaurant, Beemun's Variety, Fred Meyer and Kaladi Brother's Coffee. Special thanks also to Skyview High School for hosting the event.

Joan Miller

Tsalteshi Trail Association

Rosie Reeder

Soldotna Community Schools

Students show their generosity during annual canned food drive

The Skyview Student Council would like to thank the community for its generosity in this year's canned food drive. Many of our students went house to house as well as to local grocery stores asking for donations to fill the pantries of the food bank for this holiday season. The response they received was overwhelming.

A record total of 5,774 cans were collected in just two weeks. Many teachers as well as students bought canned food with their own money in this schoolwide effort to feed the hungry. One student, Bonnie Loshbaugh, who was visiting colleges back east e-mailed her father to spend $100 of her money to purchase food for this campaign.

Our goal of having an average of 10 cans per student was nearly met, as over 60 students brought in 50 or more food items. The class competition found the freshmen barely edging out the seniors for total amounts.

But the real winners will be the families who will be able to enjoy this holiday season with healthy nutritious meals.

Skyview also would like to congratulate Soldotna High School for its part in this communitywide effort. Together, the two schools collected more than 9,500 food items for the needy.

It seems appropriate that during National Education Week, the students and teachers in these two schools demonstrated that service to your community ranks high as an educational priority.

Sadie Hansen and Angel Hollers

Canned food chairpersons

John Andrews, director

Student athletics and activities

Skyview High School

Sterling school learns what it means to be part of community

Anyone who lives in the Sterling area knows what a valuable and informative service the Sterling School Sign provides for the community.

Many messages and announcements are posted on the sign each week to both inform and entertain local community members, and visitors as well, as they drive past their school.

Recently, the sign fell down, resulting from the premature wear and internal decay of one of its posts. Needless to say people missed the sign almost immediately.

Without any requests for assistance or promise of remuneration, several community members came to the school and told me they were going to replace the sign, building a better one in the process.

I was caught completely by surprise.

Bob Oakes and Mike Griffin set about doing the hard labor of tearing down its remains and building a new sign. Raven Contractors and Mike's Welding, both local Sterling businesses, donated metal for the project. Dennis Merkes donated both metal and pile driving equipment to drive in the new posts.

These men are wonderful models of citizenship and stewardship for all of our children.

Here at Sterling Elementary School we are proud to call ourselves "A Community of Learners," but we cannot be any prouder than we are today to be a part of the larger everyday family of the Sterling community and its local heroes.

Paul C. Kubena, principal

Sterling Elementary School

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