The Yakov E. Netsvetov School in Atka has struggled with low enrollment in recent years.
But this month, 10 students showed up for the first day of classes, helping the school avoid a shutdown — and hinting at greater stability for the small Unangax̂ community in the western Aleutian Islands.
"First day of school!" announced teacher Sonja Mills as the school bell rang. "We did it!"
On one side of the building, the high schoolers set up their laptops for a science lesson. On the other, the sole kindergartner used a puzzle to practice his ABCs.