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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: math. English

Timeline: three weeks/repeated

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to provide a relevant business/fund-raising experience for students; to provide a community service


J. and V. Lewis and T. Cochran
Rummage Sales



Square bullet Activities

  • Write letters to churches, nonprofit organizations, clothing companies, and individuals requesting donations of equipment and clothing.
  • Write letters to air carriers requesting freight rate donations.
  • Design posters, advertise, and generate support for the sale.
  • Set up and manage an accounting system.

    When rummage comes in, students will sort and price material:

  • display goods in an attractive manner.

  • Students will divide into groups to accomplish the tasks of:





    clean up.

Square bullet Resources

  • Salvation Army
  • Goodwill
  • used goods stores
  • churches
  • Surplus from clothing stores:


    J. C. Penney


    Montgomery Ward



  • The rummage sales could be a part of a large fund-raising drive rather than an end in themselves.
  • Set up a Secondhand Exchange Center

    accumulate goods which people in the community no longer use, but which still have resale value

    let the owner assess the value of the item; figure in a 10% markup for the center

    schedule days and hours during the week when the center will be open; advertise and manage the center.

  • Set up a fix-it shop in conjunction with used goods projects (solicit donations of broken items):

    regular shop classes might donate time for the fix-it enterprise

    community members might donate expertise in small-engine repair or basic electronics.


Carving and Jewelry Co-Op

Fund-Raising: Concessions/Raffle/Auction/T-Shirt Sales

Rummage Sales

Mail Order Business

School-Based Enterprises

Café Operation

Open House

Community Use of School Library

Village Recreation

Guest Speakers


Local Livelihood

On-the-Job/Cooperative Education

College Preparation

Teacher's Aide Training

Managing Community Affairs

Land Claims Brainstorming

The Corporation Game or Alaska Monopoly

Reconveyances: ANCSA Studies

Resource Development Options

City Council Meeting Simulation

Mock Board of Directors Meeting

REAA School Board Trip

Your Village

Family Tree

Village Archaeology

Building Traditional Dwellings

Cultural Heritage Projects

Traditional Hunters Manual

Ethnic Dinners

Following the Iditarod Dog Race

Visit to the Tribes

Trip to Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing

Firearms Handling

First-Aid Training

Christmas Shopping      



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006