Logan King, left, and Matthew Braun prepare to eat pizza last week at the Duck Inn. The students were part of a group that flew from Tyonek to see "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" as a reward for good attendance, good behavior and the completion of all their homework.
Photo by John Hult
Fourteen students from Tebughna School in Tyonek got their reward last week for good attendance, the completion of homework and good behavior.
Instead of a gold star sticker on their report cards, students from the remote village on the west side of Cook Inlet earned a trip to Kenai on a chartered flight to see the movie version of a book they read in class.
According to teacher Patti Truesdell, the field trip to see “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was a trial run in what may become a series of field trip rewards in the school’s Students in Good Standing (SIGS) program.
“We’d like to do another thing in the spring,” Truesdell said. “We wanted to take them over and see how they did. They’re going to go to school in the morning.”
The SIGS program set goals for students.
“We had to be good and not get in any trouble or get suspended from the beginning of the year,” said Logan King, a student who read “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” before the class opened the book.
The students, who ranged from sixth to ninth grade, saw the film Tuesday at the Orca Theater in Kenai after completing the requirements and the securing of funding from the Tyonek Tribal Council.
Talk of a Kenai movie trip began at the beginning of the year, but materialized only a few weeks ago.
“There happened to be a tribal council and Tyonek Native Corp. board meeting, so the two groups were meeting together, I presented this request and they said, ‘Well, we’ll fund this,’” Tyonek Tribal Officer Connie Bunnell said.
Bunnell and Truesdell, a Kenai resident who started teaching Tebughna students this year, got the ball rolling for the trip, but getting the students from point A to point B and getting them back home in time to get a good night’s sleep for Wednesday’s studies was made possible by the efforts of many.
“It’s a team effort. I wanted to do it, I worked with Connie, and she made it possible. Without her, we wouldn’t be here,” Truesdell said. “But, really, it was about the kids. Friday night we had to make sure that the grades and homework was all in and see that they’d met the criteria, and they did.”
The students who attended the screening were Matthew Braun, Michael Braun, Dinah Buckles, Keith Constantine, Justin Constantine, Daniel Delkittie, Alexandria Kaloa, Emil McCord-Kesler, Christina King, Logan King, Brittney Kroto, Nichola Standifer, Paulina Standifer and Ginger Telles.
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