Volunteers make sure kids won't sink

Posted: Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The "Kids Don't Float" Program that took place in December at the Nikiski Pool was a great success thanks to many people. Simone Owens, AmeriCorp member and 4-H leader, organized the event after meeting the personnel from the Alaska Boating and Safety Program during AmericCorp training in Anchorage. The Nikiski Pool, Alaska Boating and Safety Program and 4-H teamed up to teach children in the community about water safety. There were four stations for the students to rotate through: capsized boat, life jacket fitting, cold water immersion and rescue techniques. Our special thanks to the many volunteers who helped with this venture: Jack Ransom, Megan Piersma, Ali Eskelin, Jacques Kosto, Robin Kling, Jane Fellman (Safe Kids), Rachel Parra, Nigel LaRiccia, Joe McCullough, 4-H volunteers and the staff who works hard to keep the Nikiski Pool safe. Kudos to you all for taking kids' safety around water seriously.

Nancy Veal

Kenai Peninsula District 4-H and Youth Development Agent

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