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Grand Opening: Brevig Mission Bicultural Classroom

By Angela Busch Alston

Brevig students gather at the grand opening of the new bilingual classroom.

Brevig students gather at the grand opening of the new bilingual classroom.

Thanks to funds provided by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Brevig Mission School was able to transform an old ski shed into a new bicultural classroom.

On Friday, September 5, 2014 students, staff, community members, and NSEDC board member Lillian Olanna gathered together to celebrate and tour the classroom.  Principal Ginger Crockett and bicultural instructor Randall Jones gave short speeches before cutting a ribbon draped across the outside of the classroom.  The crowd applauded and cake was served.

Randall Jones cuts the ribbon to open Brevig's new bicultural classroom.

Randall Jones cuts the ribbon to open Brevig’s new bicultural classroom.

Instructor Randall Jones, Doreen Divers, Maranda Kakoona, and Jenna Picnalook display some projects completed in the new bicultural classroom.

Instructor Randall Jones, Doreen Divers, Maranda Kakoona, and Jenna Picnalook display some projects completed in the new bicultural classroom.

The classroom will house Brevig Mission School’s bilingual and bicultural program.  Students will learn carving, sewing, and Inupiaq language.

NSEDC Board Member Lillian Olanna at the Grand Opening of the Brevig Mission Bicultural Classroom.

NSEDC Board Member Lillian Olanna at the Grand Opening of the Brevig Mission Bicultural Classroom.

Brevig Mission School is grateful to NSEDC for the money to complete the project, Lillan Olanna for her role in securing funds, John Lycan for the hours he spent working on the classroom, and Randall Jones for writing the original grant.



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