NSBSD School Board President, Debby Dahl Edwardson’s 2009 novel, Blessing’s Bead, is a "rare and beautiful book," according to a recent review in the Washington Post. "It’s a short read that nonetheless makes many far-reaching connections, like a folk tale or a legend, wrapped in a tough but straightforward narrative, leaving echoes that linger long after and in unanticipated ways." Read the full review here.
Point Lay is a relatively new community located on the Western Arctic Coast of Alaska, approximately 300 miles southwest of Barrow, Alaska. Point Lay began as a small community of 2 or 3 families. Later in 1929 – 1930 several additional families moved to Point Lay from their southern neighboring community of Point Hope. Today Point Lay is comprised of community members from several different Arctic Alaska communities. Point Lay has been moved twice throughout the years, with the second move being a result of seasonal flooding at the mouth of the Kokolik River. In 1974 Point Lay was moved to its current location near the Air Force Distance Early Warning Station. Today the old village site of Point Lay is now utilized as a summer camp. While Point Lay is not as active in the hunting of Bowhead whales as Barrow or Point Hope, the community depends heavily on harvesting the Beluga Whale and various other subsistence activities.
The student population of Kali School, which houses K3 through 12th grade is indicative of the demographics of the village of Point Lay as a whole. The school maintains a student population between 85 and 95 students of largely Iñupiaq Eskimo heritage. Student teacher ratio at Kali School run approximately 10:1 and the minor ratio of the entire village as compared to adults over 18 years of age is approximately 2:1. As represented by the schools mascot, the Wolverine (Qavvik), Kali School students have a fighting spirit and are active in numerous academic and athletic events.