Stories about education.

Angie Alston

Competitors had a tough time getting to the Yup’ik and Inupiaq Statewide Spelling Bee this year, having to overcome the pandemic and weather just to attend. The competition did have fewer participants due to COVID-19, and a three-day whiteout almost kept one village from making an appearance. But the statewide event began just a little later than planned, starting in the evening instead of the morning.

Michael Ulroan / ANSEP

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, is collaborating with the Lower Kuskokwim School District and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus to create a permanent Acceleration Academy at Bethel Regional High School. Enrollment for the program, which enables students to study college classes while in high school, is open now. Michael Ulroan, with ANSEP, said that the program could save as much as $75,000 in college costs for students.

Max Dan

It’s been 10 years since the first Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee was held, and it will expand to include Inupiat spellers on April 17. Freda Dan, who organized the first Yup’ik Spelling Bee, said that the Inupiaq competition is the result of the efforts of one community: Brevig Mission.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District announced Bethel students would start school remotely on Aug. 24.
Katie Basile / KYUK

An increase in COVID-19 numbers in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this spring has led to some schools, which had recently reopened, to return to remote learning. Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins said that initially there were only four schools which remained closed when schools reopened last month.

Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is breaking new ground in its efforts to protect students from inappropriate behavior by school district staff, including sexual grooming.


With river erosion threatening the school in Napakiak, the Lower Kuskokwim School Board decided on March 16 to use $5,415,937.63 of its own funds to build the foundation for a new school.  

First Day Back To School In Almost A Year

Mar 17, 2021
Jamin Crow kept a radio diary for KYUK on his first day back at school after a year of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. March 11, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK


Jamin Crow, a senior at Bethel Regional High School, had been out of school for almost a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He and other BRHS seniors were finally able to return to classrooms on March 11. Jamin carried a recorder with him and documented what that first day back in school was like.


Katie Basile

Bethel Elder Esther Green is going to be honored with the Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, becoming the first educator from the Kuskokwim Campus to earn that distinction.


Bethel Regional High School competed in Day 1 of the ACS Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational Basketball games on January 4, 2018.
Nick Hawk

As the Lower Kuskokwim School District moves to reopen school for some students, many parents have been asking whether or not sports will resume. The district has decided to hold off on in-person student activities for now.


Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Elementary School students and high-need students in other grades are headed back to classrooms in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation say that despite the still-high case rate in many communities, it’s safe for younger students to return to school for at least part of the day.