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Something smells good

Jillian Dickens
Northern News Services

Grise Fiord (Jan 30/06) - There's a lot of baking going on in Grise Fiord.

Since Jan. 11, teenage students of Ummimak school have been subjected to the snicker-fest course called sex-education.

NNSL Photo/graphic

Susie Kiguktak, Ummimak school's new student support, reads with her son Nolan Kiguktak. - Meeka Kiguktak

Because the community health nurse split the boys and girls apart for this particular subject, the school had to come up with something for the one group of kids to do while the others were busy learning the birds and the bees. So to hit a whole bunch of birds at once, Meeka Kiguktak, both a language specialist, and mental health, health and friendship skills teacher, has the kids not in class, baking all kinds of goodies.

And to top it off, those goodies are served up to the community elders on Wednesday afternoons.

"It's about respecting elders. The elders really look forward to it and the kids are really enjoying it," said Kiguktak. "When the elders say thank you and smile, it's a good feeling for both the students and the elders."

Ingredients left over from various fundraisers over the school year are stocked up in the school kitchen.

With those ingredients, the crafty kids have made blueberry muffins, white cake, and a lot of peanut butter cookies.

"We seem to have lots of peanut butter lying around for some reason and not being used," laughed Kiguktak.

The last sex-education session is today, which means only one more chance to bake and serve up the results to the beloved elders.

The teens aren't the only ones learning to bake.

Recently the kindergarten to Grade 2 class made bannock.

And students in Grade 3 to Grade 8 are taking a friendship skills course with Kigutak where they learn tons of different skills.

"They are baking some baked goods for the elders in regards to what they are learning on friendship skills," said Kigutak.

"They are also learning to respect themselves and others, especially the elders.

"Whenever they give out the baked homemade goods they get very excited knowing that the elders will thank them and maybe even kiss them and hug them. They feel special."