North Pole High School

North Pole High School Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The school will host one of four community engagement sessions planned for September.

Parents of students within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District received text messages Friday, informing them of upcoming School Community Engagement Sessions.

The goal of the sessions, according to a newsletter linked in the text, is “to promote positive connections and belonging through understanding and awareness.”

The sessions are being hosted with the help of the National Coalition Building Institute, an international leadership organization focused on diversity, equity and inclusion across communities.

Four sessions are scheduled, with one school per session acting as a venue for multiple “school communities.” For example, people unaffiliated with the host school, but who are involved with surrounding schools, are invited to attend.

Parents, students and staff alike are able to attend each session, which are designed to let people “share, listen and engage in an affirming environment” according to the newsletter. Each session will take place from 6-8 p.m.

On Sept. 16, North Pole High School will host a session in the commons. The school communities invited are from Midnight Sun Elementary, North Pole Elementary, North Pole Middle, Salcha Elementary, Ticasuk Brown Elementary and Two Rivers schools.

On Sept. 18, Tanana Middle School will host a session in the multi-purpose room. The communities also invited to attend this session are from Anne Wien Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Barnette Magnet, Denali Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Joy Elementary, Ladd Elementary, Lathrop High, Nordale Elementary, Ryan Middle and Weller Elementary schools.

The third session is set for Sept. 23 in the auditorium of Ben Eielson Jr./Sr. High School. Invited school communities are Anderson Elementary, Crawford Elementary and Salcha Elementary schools.

The last session is scheduled Sept. 26 in the DeWild Auditorium at West Valley High School. The school communities invited are Anne Wien Elementary, Hutchison High, Joy Elementary, Pearl Creek Elementary, Randy Smith Middle, University Park Elementary and Woodriver Elementary schools.

Contact staff writer Kyrie Long at 459-7510. Follow her on Twitter:@FDNMlocal