Alaska’s winter season is something special. Extreme. Beautiful. Unpredictable. Long. To get to and from school, many students and staff stoically suit up with the necessary hats, gloves, jackets, snow pants and boots, often traversing formidable snow berms and ice encrusted roadways. They also sometimes brave temperatures that can reach down to -65 below zero. The moving thing about Alaska’s school communities is that they embrace these realities with a special brand of Alaskan hardiness and inspired appreciation.
The Juneau Community Charter School (JCCS) is a small, community driven, charter school in the heart of Juneau. Recently, 87 of its students, K-8, attended two incredible days of the biennial Charter School Community Winter Camp off the grid, out in the forests north of Juneau. Weather in southeast Alaska is notoriously fickle, but the camp lucked out with 2 days of sunny skies and lots of new snow to play in. Continue reading The Juneau Community Charter School (JCCS) Community Winter Camp by Principal Caron Smith