Who are my kids? I work on the North Slope of Alaska. I teach about 50 7th and 8th grade students ELA, Math and Social Studies. 100% of our students receive a free or reduced- price lunch because most families in our village live a subsistence lifestyle. What does that mean? For most of their food, the people of Tikigaq hunt and fish. These kids are extraordinary! How, you ask?
My students are Native Iñupiaq kids in a village in rural northern Alaska.
That's right! It's bush Alaska! We live in a fly-in village of about 700 people. No roads out of town, only planes! It's a poor community in wealth, but rich in community and culture.
My students work hard and play hard! I asked them what to tell you - and they want you to know that they LOVE sports and sledding.....not to mention whaling, hunting, and fishing!
If you could see Point Hope, Alaska, you'd realize why it's difficult to grow a garden anywhere. The village is sitting on millions of tons of rocks, with the ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other. The only growth we see is on the tundra - which is beautiful and bountiful - but we cannot grow vegetables in the permafrost nor can we watch it from our classroom.
Please help my students to see how plants grow and produce food.
We will nurture our plants and encourage them to grow daily with music and love. The LED Grow Light is especially critical to us, as the sun goes down for two months from December to February.
We will journal daily - measuring and recording everything we do. We are looking forward to determining specific experiments we will conduct on our plants. Thank you for considering a donation!
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