Kuskokwim Learning Academy Gives Back

From left are Gerald Hodges (Elders Home director), Max Angaiak, Paul Tony, Michael Uttereyuk, David Mochin, Bryson Menegak, Margaret Alexie, Denise Polk, Clark Taylor (teacher), Felix Bigjohn, Jason Tikiun, Maegen Williams, and Jennifer Phillip. Photo courtesy of Danielle Craven/KLA

by Danielle Craven

Community service is an important value at KLA. On August 23rd-25th, 86 students participated in various service projects around Bethel, from recording sound clips at KYUK, picking up trash at the Moravian seminary, to building a smokehouse and fish rack for the Elders at the YKHC Residential Elder’s Home.

Building the smoke house and fish rack was an incredible task for students to participate in. Led by KLAs construction teacher Clark Taylor, students designed and constructed a unique three in one design, with a table attachment. Students carefully worked together to finish the important traditional building to be used by and for the Elders. The lumber materials for the building project was grant funded.

KLA would like to thank the organizations that offered service opportunities and also exposed youth to job opportunities. Quyana cakneq Bethel Native Corporation, Tundra Women’s Coalition, KYUK Radio Station, Moravian Alaska Bible Seminary, Yuut Elitnaurviat and the YKHC Elders Home.

Each six-week academic session, students are expected to complete five hours of community service. If you would like KLA students to volunteer or help you or your organization, please call the school at 543-5610.

The students are enjoying working to finish their project. Photo by Sam Crow