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FVCS Rallies to Settle Community After Nov. 30 M7.0 Quake

Photo courtesy FVCS Fifteen kids ages 5-13 participated in the "Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House" class held in the Girdwood Community Room on Dec. 5.

FVCS Rallies to Settle Community After Nov. 30 M7.0 Quake

Erin Leighton and Briana Sullivan
Four Valleys Community School (FVCS)

After the earth shook violently on Nov. 30, normalcy for everyone around Southcentral Alaska became unsteady. Big changes were in store for many communities, and Girdwood was no exception.

With an unexpected week off from school, many local residents were scrambling for things to do. FVCS staff quickly created a calendar of classes and events at little to no cost, for kids and adults in our community during the crazy earthquake week. From free open gym to gingerbread-house building, locals of all ages had the opportunity to heal, come together, and become comfortable again in their school and surroundings.

As aftershocks ensued, classes took shape with the support of the Girdwood non-profits FVCS, Gerrish Library, Girdwood Center for Visual Arts, and others. Margaret Tyler from Parks and Rec. immediately offered the Community Room (GCR) for classes needing relocation from the school.

LEGO League was able to continue practices in the GCR, where both teams are preparing for the State Tournament rescheduled for Jan. 19. On Nov. 30, a clay ornament class was scheduled with artist Barbara Lydon for kids aged 6-8. The class fortunately continued on, and it became art therapy available after the terrifying morning wake up call. Only one class has been rescheduled, as the instructor commutes from Anchorage.

Tasty treats took center stage on Dec. 6 at the Bake Shop for the annual Holiday Cookie Decorating Fundraiser. Thank you Brian and Isha Kari for giving 54 kids the space to decorate and enjoy this festive tradition for many senses!

FVCS would like to thank the Anchorage School District, the Municipality of Anchorage, Girdwood Parks and Recreation, and Girdwood K-8 School staff & PTA for the many contributions toward getting community education back on track. An additional thank you to Alyeska Resort, who reached out with offers to help FV find space for our classes during our unexpected facility closure. Lastly, the angels behind the scenes are of course FVCS’ fantastic staff: Catherine, Ashley, and Erin.

FVCS will reopen Jan. 7. We hope that the snow keeps coming and you find yourself out enjoying sliding downhill at Alyeska Resort, or across our beautiful valley floor on cross country skis, biking, snowshoeing, or walking on the bike path. However you do it, being outside and active in winter wonderland is the best way to enjoy the winter darkness. Happy New Year!

Calling All Pets will be held Jan. 23 2019.

Photo courtesy FVCS Clay ornament making with artist Barbara Lydon continued on Nov. 30, relocating to the community room.

Photo courtesy FVCS
Clay ornament making with artist Barbara Lydon continued on Nov. 30, relocating to the community room.

Photo courtesy FVCS Fifteen kids ages 5-13 participated in the "Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House" class held in the Girdwood Community Room on Dec. 5.

Photo courtesy FVCS
Fifteen kids ages 5-13 participated in the “Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House” class held in the Girdwood Community Room on Dec. 5.