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July 7, 2015

Alaska is known for its long summer days that give us plenty of options for seasonal fun. But with summer vacation half over, you might start to hear your child say, “I’m bored.” This time of year it can be a challenge to balance your family’s need for structure, the freedom and fun of summer, and the desire to keep children engaged.


Free community activities


In a community as robust and diverse as Anchorage, we are fortunate to have an abundance of activities and opportunities available to us.

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Children of all ages can enjoy summer reading programs at our local public libraries where school-age reading events are offered every week. Children are encouraged to keep track of how many minutes they read and become eligible for prizes at the end of the summer.

Music For Little Ones at Peratrovich Park. These free, one-hour concerts are offered every Monday through Aug. 10.

As a community, we are also celebrating Anchorage’s 100th birthday this year. Anchorage Centennial community organizers and volunteers have planned many free events celebrating this milestone and connecting us to our past. Activities include arts, cultural events, festivals, tours and more.

Playgrounds, along with city parks, greenbelts and trails, are great places for recreation and exercise. One of my favorite things to do with my family is visit our neighborhood elementary school playground.


Volunteering is an excellent opportunity for children to learn new skills, grow from new experiences and meet new people. It exposes children to environments beyond the boundaries of their local neighborhood and teaches them the value of giving back.

The United Way of Anchorage compiles volunteer opportunities on its Be The Change 907 website. This resource serves as a way to connect organizations and causes needing volunteers with people looking to volunteer. Parents can sign up to get email updates when new volunteer opportunities are posted.

Volunteering with local nonprofits not only benefits our community, it also provides children opportunities to understand the traits that businesses and organizations are looking for in Anchorage’s future leaders. In supporting the community, students are giving themselves a jumpstart that will help them be successful in life.

Back-to-school season

With all of this talk about summer, it’s natural to think about what comes next: back to school season. Online registration and school enrollment begins in a few weeks. Visit the back to school section on our website for more information. As always, if you have any questions, please give us a call at 742-4000.

Summer in Alaska is a time full of activities and opportunities for memorable experiences. I encourage you to take advantage of our community’s many educational and engaging events for children and families. And if you can, consider volunteering for a few hours. The time and energy we give to our community is time and energy invested in our own future.


Ed Graff

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Superintendent Ed Graff


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Ed Graff



Ed Graff was appointed superintendent of the Anchorage School District on March 18, 2013.

Mr. Graff began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School. Nine years later, he became an elementary school principal in the district. In 2008, Mr. Graff was named executive director of Elementary Education. The following year, he became the Chief Academic Officer, a position formerly referred to as assistant superintendent for instruction. A graduate in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mr. Graff holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-masters coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction. Mr. Graff has served on several boards and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement, School Business Partnerships and Alaska Learning Network.

Originally from Minnesota, he has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. He is married to Michelle Prince, an ASD elementary school principal. They have one son.

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