Healthy Alternative Schools and Community Partnerships Initiative
Mat-Su Day School
Mat-Su Day reported a significant increase in graduation rates and credits obtained. Mat-Su Day School completed its first year of participation in the initiative during the 2010-2011 school year. Mat-Su Day reported purchasing materials to assist their therapists and behavior specialists in working with some of their high-risk students, utilizing funds for professional development (attending National Alternative Schools Conference), and purchasing PE equipment/passes to athletic clubs to provide physical activity opportunities as the school does not have a gymnasium. In the 2011-2012 school year, Mat-Su Day increased the availability of health enhancing meaningful community activities available to its students through the grant. It collaborated with the Alaska Club to provide club passes, provided student bowling and swimming passes, conducted outdoor GPS orienteering workshops, fishing excursions, and purchased outdoor equipment like snowshoes, soccer balls, and basketballs to support continuing outdoor and physically enhancing activities.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Mat-Su Day purchased social/emotional teaching materials, utilized funds for professional development (suicide prevention), and purchased PE equipment and other recreational items for use in school and the community. Mat-Su Day reported a community partnership with the district’s middle schools, offering resources to assist students with behavioral/emotional needs.