By Hannah Howard
4th Grade Teacher, Unalakleet Schools
POD 2 (4th, 5th, and 6th grades) in Unalakleet starts off the school year with an Annual Blueberry Project. Students and staff were transported in vehicles up to Army Hill to pick buckets and buckets of blueberries. While picking, our bear guard closely scanned the area for unwanted animal visitors and the adults made sure the students were always with their picking buddy. After about two hours, we headed on back to school and stored the berries in the refrigerator until the next day’s activities.
Split into four groups, the baking began. While the adults facilitated, the students followed the recipes given to them. Although the recipes were followed in the classroom, the baking was done by the facilitators at their own homes (this makes it so much easier and less intrusive to the school kitchen staff). This year, four desserts were made using the blueberries: buckle, muffins, cake, and cheesecake. What fun!
Two of the desserts were brought over to the Elder’s Lunch program and the others were delicious! Yes, we sampled.
This project could not have been done without volunteers, so thanks to the Community of Unalakleet.