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Community Engagement, Part Two: The Community

Nome parent and teachers bop balloons to keep students afloat. Photo by Claire Richardson.

The balloon bop exercise from the Community Engagement meeting in Nome on February 7. Photo by Claire Richardson.

This is second part of KNOM’s two-part series on the Community Engagement Initiative. The three-year Nome Public School project aims to increase student success by strengthening adult support of youth. 

About twenty Nome residents gathered in Nome Elementary School Commons last Thursday, February 7, to learn about the Community Engagement Initiative. Parents, teachers and school board members and kids listened to Claire Richardson of the Alaska Association of School Boards talk about issues facing Nome’s youth. Then Richardson turned the meeting over to the audience–and the real meeting began.

What did parents like about Nome? What did they like about schools? And how is keeping a ballon afloat similar to keeping kids from dropping out?

Listen to today’s Profile to find out: