Students from Juneau Community Charter School listen to a story at the Skagway Public Library. (Photo provided by Clint Sullivan)

Students from Juneau Community Charter School listen to a story at the Skagway Public Library. (Photo provided by Clint Sullivan)

Neighbors: Letters of thanks

Thanks to the community of Skagway

The K/1 class of Juneau Community Charter School traveled to your beautiful town on Tuesday, May 7. The students were proud to earn their Junior Ranger badges at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center and were excited to explore your community.

On Wednesday our spirits plunged as we watched the ferry pull away from the Skagway Harbor after trying three times to dock. The ferry had tried its best, but the wind gusts were too strong. We likely would be in Skagway two additional, unplanned days. Parents were missing work and other important events. We didn’t have lodging for the next two nights and although we had raised extra money, finances were a concern.

The next day, Thursday, our group sat in Knotty Delights eating ice cream and watching Disney+. My phone dinged. It was a text from a teacher at our school in Juneau, asking if our group would like to attend a complimentary lunch and show the next day offered by Alaska Travel Adventures. As I read the text, I became emotional. I stepped outside the restaurant, as I was overwhelmed by all this goodness we were experiencing. The day before, as the morale of the group lowered, I prayed that God would bless the people of this group I was leading. I pondered everything the people of Skagway had done for us:

– The police chief, JJ, passed out pizza at the ferry terminal.

– Skagway School agreed to host us for two nights, providing us with activities for the kids — thank you Kaylie and Courtney.

– Amber, with Princess Cruises, drove us and our gear to the school.

– The Skagway Rec Center hosted us free of charge.

– Rachel, Crystal and Anna at the Skagway Public Library prepared crafts, played music and read books to the kids.

– Casey, the owner of Knotty Delights, offered us her restaurant. We brought in ice cream from another business and Casey put on Bluey.

– The Days of ’98 Show comped tickets for members of our group after learning they were part of the stranded K/1 class from Juneau.

Our school has the word “Community” as part of its name; from Aaliyah, Kaylee, Emil, Eden, Isabel, Colette, Aurora, Kal, Luc, May, Landon, Harper, Reagan, all the parents, and Mr. Sullivan- Thank You Skagway for demonstrating the meaning of this word!

Clint Sullivan

Juneau Community Charter School

Thanks for scholarship assistance

With the help of the Goldstein Improvement Co. the Scottish Rite Valley of Juneau trustees were able to award three scholarships, totaling $8,000, to graduating seniors at Thunder Mountain High School this year.

We received only three applications, all of which were from stellar applicants.

One student aspires to be a veterinarian, one an anesthesiologist, and one an artist. All have been accepted to prestigious schools, Gonzaga, Brigham Young, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Allen A. Bell, Jr.

General secretary, Scottish Rite Valley of Juneau

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