ASTAC Donation Expands Reading Program in North Slope Schools
Utqiaġvik, AK—Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) has donated $15,000 to the North Slope Borough School District’s Battle of the Books program. This is ASTAC’s fifth year sponsoring the region’s reading competition and during that time the number of participants has grown by 25 percent. About 337 students took part in the program last year. Schools in all eight North Slope villages will compete against each other during the upcoming academic year and ASTAC’s donation will cover the cost of books and supplies for every school in the district.
“ASTAC’s continued strong support of Battle of the Books has led to increased participation because there is a constant funding source for purchasing the books. Continuity builds a program,” said Chris Yearley, Librarian for the North Slope Borough School District and the region’s Battle of the Books coordinator.
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades three through 12. Goals of the nationwide program include encouraging and recognizing students who enjoy reading; broadening reading interests; increasing reading comprehension and promoting academic excellence.
ASTAC provides Broadband Ethernet and Internet, 4G wireless as well as local and long distance services across the North Slope. Additionally, ASTAC offers a Nomadic WAN and Internet service using the North Slope’s only private LTE network covering the oil fields.