Local News

Taking one for the (ALS) team

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, superintendent Mary Wegner, and Tonia Rioux take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, superintendent Mary Wegner, and Tonia Rioux take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

In case you missed all the commotion outside of Pacific High School Thursday at lunchtime (8-28-14), it was the Sitka School Board doing its part for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The School Board was challenged by the Sitka Assembly, as that group was doused by a fire engine in the Harrigan Centennial Hall parking lot following their meeting on Tuesday.

The School Board opted for ordinary 5-gallon buckets filled with icy water, served up by some Pacific High staff and students.

Board president Lon Garrison issued his own challenge, and then called for the buckets.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on social media, and has raised over $94-million and counting for ALS, a degenerative nerve disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The challenge originated as an either/or proposition: Either donate to the ALS Association, or dump a bucket of ice over your head. But fundraising totals suggest that most people are doing both.

All five Sitka School board members were present, with towels.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Yakutat off the air

pleasestandby_web
Yakutat is temporarily off the air. We've got our engineers looking into the problem, and we hope to have things back up and running shortly. Thank you so much for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience. more

Native language bill has personal meaning for Sitka family

Jessie Johnnie's speech was recorded by X̱'unei Lance Twitchell in September 2011. He asked her what students of the Tlingit language need in order to succeed.
Twenty Native languages, including Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, became official state languages on Thursday, Oct. 23. For Sitka resident Heather Powell, the signing marked a personal victory for a member of her family. more