Programming is the heart of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc.- Anchorage Chapter. Come along and see what we’ve been up to throughout this year. COVID did not hold us back. We stayed true to our goals of providing opportunities for our children to promote leadership, self-advocacy through oration, and philanthropy.
Members of the Anchorage chapter attended the Tacoma Virtual Children’s Cluster and cut up in the kitchen! The cluster hosted a virtual cooking class, which featured tasty recipes for pineapple fried rice and berry bars. Participants learned valuable cooking skills that nourished minds as well as appetites.
Anchorage teens received a crash course in purchasing and maintaining their first vehicle. The workshop was hosted by Lithia Dealership GM Kevin Lyles and discussed what to look for when purchasing a car and basic maintenance for vehicle ownership.
Jack and Jill teens participated in the “March on Alaska” which commemorated the anniversary of the March on Washington; participation in this “march” provided a great opportunity to learn more about our history. Teens addressed hundreds of attendees and discussed their concerns of racism within our community.
The Anchorage Chapter celebrated Black History Month with an afternoon of history, heritage and Black excellence. Children in Groups 2 and 3, along with some talented parents, were highlighted in the 2nd annual “Black History Living Wax Museum.” The children researched Black figures with their families and selected an individual with values and achievements important to them. They dressed as their figures and gave interactive and engaging presentations, educating the Chapter and the community by showcasing African American history, art, politics, science, culture, and Black authors. Jack and Jill families, friends, and members of the public attended the program virtually from all over the United States. Viewers greatly enjoyed the children’s visual and oral presentations. Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, was in attendance and remarked, “I can’t wait to see what these young people do next; I’m inspired by the community-focused passion of their wonderful parents. Our future is incredibly bright!”
The Anchorage Chapter spent the MLK National Day of Service by tackling hunger in the community. The “SouperBowl of Caring” event collected 4,433 pounds of food, far surpassing our goal of 1,000 pounds. The food and $663 in monetary donations
Anchorage kicked off January activities in the laboratory and in the kitchen! Group 1 conducted experiments on the oil content in different types of potato chips and learned about potato chip inventor, George Crum. Groups 2 and 3 participated in a candy-making demonstration led by culinary expert, Maeday Howell.