From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sunday, November 29, 2009:
An Alaska teacher’s dream to build a greenhouse so students can grow fresh veggies in the village of Quinhagak will likely become reality thanks to a $10,000 grant from former celebrity talk show host Jenny Jones.
In a surprise phone call, Jones rang up teacher Sherry Pederson at the school on Nov. 19 to announce the award.
About 50 students and a group of teachers gathered in the room to hear the call over the intercom, participants said. A reporter also listened to the conference call.
About 660 people live in the Southwest Alaska village, where a lack of roads to other cities means everything is shipped by barge or airplane, pushing up prices for fruits, vegetables and everything else.
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