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Four Valleys Community School

Four Valleys Community School

By Lori Harris

Community Donations Positively Impact Four Valleys Community School
Four Valleys Community School received an unexpected and generous donation from long-time community members Bob and Sherry Dugan. It should come as no surprise that the Dugans offered their support to FVCS as they have been actively involved since the 1970’s. Sherry a FVCS Board Member for over a decade before she started the first summer programs for Girdwood youth years ago.

Betsy Preis recalls, “Sherry’s science camps were always hugely popular.” Sherry and Bob’s $1,500 donation allowed us to purchase much needed new sports equipment -15 yoga mats for adult circuit training and Kids Yoga with Briana and 12 new Futsal soccer balls for our indoor soccer program. There are 64 kids, grades 1-6, in this year’s indoor soccer program.

The Dugans’ donation also allowed us to purchase cones, coach whistles, goalie gloves and resistance bands for circuit training. We also added equipment to our summer programs: We purchased 30 outdoor soccer balls for next summer’s program to provide opportunities for 100 Girdwood kids.

If you would like to contribute to Four Valleys Community Schools and make a difference in our community, please contact us.

Sports Swap Round-Up
This year’s FVCS Sports Swap was another success. Thanks to over 60 volunteers, the swap ran smoothly from set-up to breakdown. Four Valleys Community School staff and board members enjoy this opportunity to spend time with community members for this annual event.

Kung Fu for All Ages and Levels
Sifu Shayla has been working with Four Valleys Community School for years teaching our children martial art forms, take-downs, basic tumbling, discipline, self-esteem, respect and rank advancement. There are 14 classes over 14 weeks in this session. If you are unsure of which class your child should take, please email Shayla Pedersen at

Glacier Valley Quilters – Wednesdays, 10 a.m-4 p.m.
Bring your own machines and materials and join a group of adult crafters who have been meeting for years to knit, sew, quilt and do other hand-made projects. This group of local Girdwood residents share their experience and works together each year to produce a beautiful quilt that they donate to a local non-profit for auction. Come for one hour or all day. Adults aged 21+, drop-ins welcome, $5/class

Letter and Postcard Writing/Crafting
Reconnect with the practice of handwritten correspondence with friends and family. Supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Participants ages 10 years and younger need an adult present. Join FVCS and Instructor Carolyn, in this “club” with class themes each week: 11/6 Thanksgiving, 11/20 winter. This class is donation-based.

Adult Gym Sports
Join us from 7-9 p.m. when school is in session.
Mon. – Volleyball, Tue. – Pickleball, Wed.- Soccer, Thur. – Basketball, $5 per session

Indoor Track is Open
Winter weather is just around the corner, and sometimes you just don’t want to walk outside. FVCS opens the track to the public Mon-Thurs from 5-9 p.m., free of charge.

Keeping it Fresh
Have an idea for a new class? Four Valleys Community Schools is always looking for suggestions from the community. Please contact us.

Courtesy photo / FVCS
Needle Felted Halloween Masks class participants show their final projects.