Stories about education.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

One year ago, the Kilbuck campus in Bethel burned to the ground. The fire displaced two schools: the elementary Yup'ik immersion school, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, and the alternative boarding high school, Kuskokwim Learning Academy.

The Kilbuck building was a long, red structure housing both schools. Now Ayaprun is housed in BNC's Kipusvik building, and KLA is at Yuut Elitnaurviat, the regional workforce development organization.

Today we’re going to hear from Ayaprun and the community about that unexpected day and the year that’s followed.

Woods Hole Research Center

A group that has been researching Arctic climate change in Siberia for eight years is shifting its focus to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Next summer, Max Holmes is bringing his Polaris Project to Kuka Creek, located halfway between Bethel and St. Mary’s. The project is trying to advance climate change research, while developing a new generation of Arctic scientists. Holmes hopes that some of those scientists will come from the YK Delta.

Three newly elected members have joined the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board. Deanna Latham, John Mark, and Wassilie Pleasant took their oath of office at the board meeting this weekend.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Consortium Library in Bethel’s Cultural Center is reopening after a five month renovation. Library goers will enjoy new carpets, furniture, and more.

Celina Angaiak / LKSD

In rural Alaska villages, the school is often the center of community life. It's not only the place where children go day after day to learn, play sports, and make friends. It's where the community comes together for daily activities such as open gym, and big events like basketball games, and carnivals. Napaskiak opened a new school on Wednesday, and much of the community came to the day-long celebration. The building carries the hope of a better future for the education of its children and the strength of its community.

Celina Angaiak / LKSD

Napaskiak has opened the doors of its new school.

Classes at the new building began Wednesday morning. At midday teachers, students, and community members gathered in the gym for an opening ceremony. A Russian Orthodox priest, wearing gold and black robes, blessed the school as a choir sang behind him. The priest then sprinkled holy water throughout the building. Afterwards, everyone gathered to eat a spaghetti lunch.

Katie Basile / KYUK

There are new reporters hitting the Bethel streets, and they are taking on one of this month’s largest and eeriest scoops: Halloween. A third grade class at Gladys Jung Elementary School has begun a monthly newscast called the Crane's Corner News. The crane is the Gladys Jung mascot. Each month the students choose a topic, interview sources, and work with their teacher, Rachel DeHaan, to write a script. KYUK went to the school to hear the latest on what to expect this Halloween season in Bethel.

In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, where Yup’ik is the primary spoken language, the Alaska Court System has a new Yup’ik interpreter, who happens to be the first official interpreter for the language in the country. Crystal Garrison, who recently passed the National Center for State Courts' written exam for Court Interpreter, has become the first Yupik speaker to do so. And she didn’t just barely pass - she got a score of 93. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel sits on a river, but many people here don’t know how to swim. People drown in the Kuskokwim every year, and for decades people thought the solution was to build a pool and teach people to swim. Well, two years ago the city got a pool. But how do you build a swim culture where one has never existed? That’s a question Bethel’s first swim team is trying to answer. 

Cross Country Girls And Boys Head To State Finals

Sep 28, 2016
KYUK Interns / KYUK

  Runners and their coaches gathered in Bethel this weekend for the high school district's state qualifying cross country competition.