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The Unfortunate Demise of Tom Thumb Montessori Schools

Tom Thumb Montessori School (TTMS) was the first Montessori School in Alaska. But by 2006 Tom Thumb was dead.

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Learn something new @ the Library

We offer a lot of events for adults. We also have a roster of recurring programs and clubs for everyone. Learn something new at the Library!

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Navigating educational options

Picking an educational path is takes a great deal of meticulous research. Use this article as a launching point into finding a school.

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Hidden Treasures @ the Library, Part Two

If you have any questions or want a guided tour, come in to any Anchorage Public Library location and staff will be happy to help you!

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What You Need to Know about how the Alaska Legislature Works

Few Alaskans ever really go to Juneau and experience the place first-hand as it is in session. The expense is too great for a casual visit.

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Downloadables @ the Library

Take some time to explore the Alaska Digital Library and I guarantee you’ll be amazed at the offerings you can access.

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Summer Discovery @ the Library

Did you know that school-age kids who continue reading during summer break lose less academic achievement when they return to school in the fall than kids who do not? The Anchorage Public Library can help with that. In addition, APL offers fun reading and learning opportunities for the entire family, or cradle-to-grave, as it were.

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Hidden Treasures @ the Library, Part One

This month, you’ll see what Anchorage Public Library offers. Just know that you can access any of these for free at an APL branch.

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Milken Educator Award Winner Speaks

It started out as an unusual school assembly at Eagle River High School on the morning of Feb. 1 as Alaska Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson, Anchorage School District’s Superintendent Deena Bishop, and CEO of the National Institute for Excellence Dr. Gary Stark arrived to speak.They knew a tightly held secret.Dr. Stark began his speech, but then shifted his focus by revealing that the purpose of the assembly was actually to announce the winner of the Milken Educator Award. The Milken Educator Award is a rare honor for select teachers across the U.S. Only one educator from Alaska received it this year. The award comes with a $25,000 prize and numerous professional development opportunities.

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Jesse Basler – GoFundMe

Jesse Basler is a lifetime Alaskan resident. He was shot in the abdomen in front of his Eagle River home in the early morning of January 4th, 2018. Jesse underwent a 4-hour surgery to repair his large intestine. The emergency responders, police, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital surgeons saved his life.

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Writers @ the Library

Libraries are synonymous with reading, but the flip-side of that is writing. Without writers, we wouldn’t have all of those books on the shelves, on audiobooks, and in eBook form. There are a wide variety of authors, both local and not, coming to the Anchorage Public Library before summer arrives.

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Joy Earlene Leedham

February 1, 2018, Joy found her way home after a valiant battle with cancer. What a comfort to know she is at peace with her sister Donna, daughter Carrie, and her son-in-law Thomas to name only three. Anyone who knew Joy knows that after a week in heaven, she probably has shared a word (or many) with everyone. Please consider donations in lieu of flowers, earmarked “Jim Leedham” at Eagle River Northrim bank to an account ending in 0633. These funds will help pay for medical expenses. Donations can also be made to Eagle River Grace Church (P.O. Box 770430, Eagle River, AK 99577) with “benevolence fund” on the memo line. The memorial service is 6:30pm Tuesday, February 20 at Community Covenant Church, Eagle River.

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Peer to Peer: Second chances coming from surprising places

A simple mission with profound implications for Anchorage youth. The Anchorage Youth Court (AYC) offers the ability for youth to receive training and gain a deeper understanding of our judicial system while helping their peers resolve legal problems.

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A Veteran’s Story: Lt Col Theodore “Ted” Heller takes his last flight

The United States is losing almost 2,000 World War II and Korean veterans a day. Along with the, far too many of their stories are lost forever as well. Less than one percent of the American population serves our country in this capacity, yet everyone in our country benefits from their service. Our veterans have unique experiences that when shared, offer future generations a perspective they will not see or hear anywhere else.The Alaska Veterans Museum collects the oral histories of our veterans to honor their service and sacrifice, educate future generations, and inspire our community.This is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Theodore "Ted" Heller, who passed away in April 2017, at age 93 years young.

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