August 28th, 2003

Pre-school preparation

After a summer of quiet hallways and classrooms, the activity level at area schools picked up dramatically this week as eager teachers and school staff members returned to make preparations for a Sept. 4 return to the classroom. At Island View Elementary School I ran into Principal Bernard Selting, already flashing the familiar welcome smile his students will encounter in coming weeks. Third grade teacher Karen Perkins made preparations in her classroom, including a wall display on the subject of Helen Keller and sign language. She answered a phone call regarding dinner arrangements with husband Mark Perkins, a sixth grade teacher at Fidalgo Elementary School. Mark was also busy at school, putting things into order so he and his students can hit the ground running next week.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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