Next to the preschool door at the King Career Academy and school district headquarters in Anchorage is a new feature for the start of the school year: A “free” table, underneath the display of a Wiccan blanket with the image of a moth surrounded by symbols of the occult.
This particular image is similar to what can be found on Pinterest and Etsy, and other sellers of dark arts imagery under the category of spell-casting, witchcraft, occult, and mystical images.
Alongside the occult display is an LGBTQ+ rainbow sign next to the preschool door.
This is the same school district that won’t allow Dr. Ben Carson to appear at an assembly on campus at the lowest-performing elementary school in the city. School Superintendent Jharrett Bryantt says he wants students to focus on things like back-to-school and safety.
ASD preschool classrooms are described by the Anchorage School District as striving to “provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment in which to foster each child’s cognitive (including literacy and math), language, social, emotional, and motor development. We believe that children learn best through meaningful play and in the context of responsive relationships. Teachers intentionally design learning activities to meet the unique needs of each child. The ASD Preschool program values the importance of families in early education.”
Story edited to reflect that the image is a moth, not a dragonfly, as readers pointed out. We stand corrected.