Alutiiq language immersion school to open in Kodiak

first_imgAn Alutiiq language immersion preschool will open next month.Listen NowTeacher Michael Bach said he and his colleagues will lead classes in Alutiiq, and it’ll be much like any other preschool.“You know, preschoolers don’t really learn about English,” Bach said. “Like a preschooler doesn’t walk into preschool and teachers say ‘this is a preposition and this is a proverbial phrase.’ We won’t be doing that. We’ll just be playing, essentially, in Alutiiq. So, instead of having story time in English, they’re gonna be having story time doing it in Alutiiq. Instead of teachers having snack time in English, we’re gonna be doing it in Alutiiq.”Bach said the language nest is part of a larger project through the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak that reaches out to communities and schools to encourage Alutiiq language learning. It’s an initiative which received a $2 million grant this year from the Administration for Native Americans.That funding, to be distributed over five years, has allowed the preschool to offer a $50 dollar entry fee per semester.Bach said the program will encourage active family involvement and staff would ask parents to attend community language events.“So that the burden of language learning isn’t on your little one alone, but you would be learning alongside them,” Bach said. “And at those events, we’ll be giving adults, siblings, aunts and uncles, whoever is interested, access to some of the language that their kids are learning or their nieces or nephews or their little brothers or sisters are learning at the language nest.”Bach said elders will play a role in helping the teachers sustain complete language immersion.“Myself and Marya [Halvorsen], we weren’t raised speaking Alutiiq, it’s not our first language, so it’s a lot of work to stay in the language,” Bach said. “And having fluent speakers there to support us will make sure that snack time, play time, story time, circle time, will all be done in Alutiiq.”The preschool’s first day will be January 24.last_img read more

Walmart Canadas Commitment To Electrify Includes 30 More Tesla Semis

Above: Tesla Semi (Source: Tesla)Walmart Canada is targeting a transition to 100% clean transportation by 2028 — the company announced in a recent press release. The largest US retailer is aiming to electrify 20% of their Canadian transport operations by the year 2022 and Tesla Semi trucks may play a major role in Walmart’s shift to sustainability.“We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”The first 20 trucks will be part of Walmart Canada’s fleet base in Mississauga, Ontario and the remainder of the 20 trucks will be assigned to the Surrey, British Columbia sustainable fulfillment center, which is set to open in 2022..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Last year, Walmart’s CEO discussed the company’s initial Tesla Semi order in the U.S. (Source: The Street)Walmart’s sustainable fulfillment center in Surrey, British Columbia, will feature a 100% electric vehicle fleet, the first such facility for Walmart internationally.Recently a few videos by Tesla enthusiasts revealed that the electric semi truck currently has 26 cameras and a ‘sleeper’ feature could be in the works as well. Another intriguing video also showcases the whole Tesla Semi cabin from the inside for the first time.Tracking orders publicly announced (via press releases, social media, etc.), Tesla now has a total of 628 Semi truck pre-orders calculated to date. However, at Tesla’s 2018 Shareholder Meeting, Elon Musk announced the company had officially accumulated (as of June) an internal count of around 2,000 Semi truck reservations.===Written by: Iqtidar Ali via X Auto*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Iqtidar Ali. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Walmart Canada Orders 30 More Tesla Semis WALMART CANADA ORDERS 30 TESLA SEMI TRUCKS AND COMMITS TO ELECTRIFY 20% OF ITS FLEET BY 2022Walmart Canada is showing a strong commitment to a sustainable future by ordering another fleet of 30 Tesla Semi trucks this month — this takes the total number of Tesla Semi trucks ordered by the retailer to 40.More Tesla Semi Content: Tesla Semi Spied Inside & Out: Plus See Its Motors New Tesla Semi Video Shows 26 Cameras, Sleeper Also Coming Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more