Last week, a group of PWSCC instructors were invited to visit the village of Tatitlek to help celebrate the annual Tatitlek Village Cultural Heritage Week, or “Peksulineq. On the ride out aboard the beautiful Stan Stephens Cruises tour boat Glacier Spirit, passengers were treated to sights that included sea otters, mountain goats, porpoise, and orcas. It was raining the entire time we were in Tatitlek. However, we did arrive about 30 minutes before students were finished with their last classes. We were able to pop in on several classes and see finished, or nearly finished, projects. Dinner was amazing with a wide range of choices of food from chicken and lasagna to halibut and Copper River Reds. Roy Totemoff, Tatitlek Corporation President, announced several sponsorship awards and Angela Totemoff gave out appreciation awards to the many volunteers that helped make the event possible. The hand-made Native art auction followed and was a huge success, raising $23,716. All proceeds go towards helping make next year’s event possible.
Also, Michael Holcombe was able to meet Tatitlek’s Head Teacher for next year (Nichole Palmer), discussed meeting with students to talk about GED and secondary schooling options, and made plans to help update the school’s GED resources.
We wish to thank SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. for including the college in this year’s invitation. Everyone had a great time.