Friday, December 9, 2011

Barrow Elementary School

We also toured Fred Ipalook Elementary School on the weekend.  It is also named for an Inupiat man like the middle school is.

The weather in Barrow was about 10 degrees and, of course, there was snow on the ground. This photo was taken in the afternoon at about 3 p.m.

There is a statue of Fred Ipalook in the elementary school named for him.

The elementary school has 2 indoor playgrounds. This is in the upper elementary wing.

For Thanksgiving the students had made turkeys and listed the things they were thankful for. Maktak is whale blubber and fish quaq is the meat of a fish.

Tuttu meat is caribou. Maktak is whale blubber. Aapa and Aaka are Grandma and Grandpa.

Fish eyeballs are an Inupiat delicacy. Aapa and Aaka are Grandma and Grandpa. Maktak is whale blubber, and quaq is whale meat.

The lower elementary has its own playground in another area of the building.

Preschool playground equipment...

An elementary classroom...

I looked at the names of the children on the buses on the bulletin board to see if Inupiat children's names were different from those in the lower 48 states—they weren't.

Inupiat culture is evident throughout the school in bulletin boards... murals...

...and in banners on the walls. I loved the multicultural faces of the children!

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