Artwork for All
By Briana Sullivan
Four Valley Community School
The summer sun joined FVCS for the final days of Adventures in Field Sports and the two-week Girdwood Fine Arts Camp. The closing Adventure Camp was sports week, which began aiming high on its first day when kids grades 4-8 went rock climbing with Ascending Path. The weather was perfect with no bugs!
After a great introduction to this sport, some aspiring rock climbers emerged at the end of the day. Thank you to guides Heather Szundy, Matt Szundy and Andy Bandy. Day two included kick ball, Chinese dodge ball, capture the flag, tennis and soccer. After playing all these new sports, the end result was mostly tired kids with a few days to go.
During the full two weeks of Girdwood Fine Arts Camp, youth age 5 to late teens hummed around the Challenge Alaska building, feeling the breeze and sun whilst busy at work. Beneath the deck outside, kids were constructing structures from alders while both floors inside were filled with children rolling clay figures, gluing paper, and drying fused glass pieces.
Art supplies, adults and teen leaders were among the small, yet energized artists, garnished with color on faces and fingers, evidently from days of creativity and artwork. Many locals look forward to witnessing the magic of the annual cultural event at the exhibition of student work on Aug. 9 at Challenge Alaska after camp. Thank you to all of the resident and guest artists for being the integral leaders of this memorable experience.
Last Gazette featured the local belugas of Cook Inlet and why these marine mammals deserve our close attention. FVCS hosted a free opportunity for individuals of all ages on Aug. 13 in the Community Room. The class taught participants how to be a beluga scientist. Attendees are now able to conduct a scientific monitoring session at one of three designated locations during the late summer-fall beluga season.
They will observe belugas, fill out data sheets, and consider why collecting Cook Inlet beluga sightings data is useful to the recovery of this critically endangered population. The Beluga Whale Alliance (BWA)’s Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Citizen Science & Interpretation Project has begun! This project runs 8/15-11/15 and is sponsored by the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. A Part 2 follow-up to this indoor class is coming, so stay tuned.
Are you interested in serving your community? FVCS has open board seats and would be happy to meet you at our Sept. 5 meeting. If volunteering is something you have time for this fall, consider coaching: Cross country running, indoor soccer, basketball and FVCS events need volunteers to be successful. Perhaps you’d like to teach a class or have an idea for one. Let us know! Our next community event is the annual Ski and Sports Swap. Visit fourvalleys.org for more information.
FVCS board and staff wishes you a safe August and looks forward to moving back into our office while coordinating the next session of classes and activities for fall 2019.