FNA's Dr. Poldine Carlo honored with building name

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks Native Association recently honored one of their original co-founders by naming their newest building in her honor.
Doctor Poldine Carlo passed away in May at the age of 97... just as students from FNA's Head Start programs began using the new facility located on South Cushman.
The Head Start program received Federal funds to purchase the former Fairbanks Behavioral Health Center last year, and it took several months to renovate the building.
The building has now completed phase two of an intended three part renovation as FNA seeks more funds to complete the project.
A third Head Start operation will move into the building once renovation is completed.
Poldine Carlo was described as 'the backbone of FNA', and dedicated over 50 years to the organization she helped create.
Fairbanks Native Association leadership say the Poldine Carlo building is a tribute to her caring legacy.
"I think it's truly reflective of the many years, 50 plus years that she was the forefront of Fairbanks Native Association. Many of the things she advocated for is what we are going to be doing in this building behind me," said Steve Ginnis, FNA Executive Director.
FNA is a non-profit organization that offers programs and services in education, community service, and behavioral health.
The organization originally began as an advocacy group supporting Native rights and culture... but has now expanded to offer their services to Native and non-Native alike, and to benefit the greater Fairbanks community.