Safe Kids safety event reaches many

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids for the Central Peninsula Area and Central Peninsula General Hospital hosted the sixth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event Jan. 8 at Soldotna Middle School. The attendance of 153 children ages 6-14, plus their parents indicates the program was well received. This program has been able to get more than 1,000 helmets on our community kids during the past six years.

We applaud and thank our great funding sponsors, partners and all the devoted volunteers who make this event possible.

Thanks to Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation 2004 Snowmobile Trails Grant. For this year the event took on a new face. We created and purchased new display posters that provide clear, colorful and effective teaching tools. This grant also allowed us to purchase helmets so we could offer a reduced cost to families. Other funding for helmets came from Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers and Unocal Employee Contribution Committee. Burdick Enterprises and Adam at Western Power Sport made it possible for us to purchase helmets to meet our budget. American Fast Freight and Matt Jones provided free freight on the helmets. Scenic Signs and Screen Printing Inc. in Wausau, Wis., donated trail signs, Katherine E. Sarber worked with us putting together the graphics and poster displays at a reasonable price and River and Sea Marine loaned the age appropriate snowmachines for demonstration. Safe Kids and all the volunteers once again thank Jersey Subs, Kenai Peninsula McDonald's and Safe Kids funds for providing lunch. Feeding our crew is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to our faithful partners and volunteers for giving their time and talent: Community Schools, Soldotna Middle School for the facility, Larry Streiff for his janitorial services, as well as his help throughout the entire program from setting up to take down. Kenai Peninsula McDonald's and Dena and Scout Cunningham, Central Emergency Services with Gary Hale and Josh Thompson, Lauri and Doug Lingafelt, Sharon Hale, Monica Musgrove for her vision and countless hours helping us to put together our proposal for funding, Dan Musgrove for obtaining sources and machines for the event, Kayla, Morgan, Mallory Musgrove, Dan Beeker, Sherry Spence, Susan Jones, Sonny Haynes, Joan Miller, Michelle Glaves, Jacob, Gabe, Jim and Matt Fellman, Madison and Morgan Cunningham, Sara Jensen, Lois Johnson, Janet Gleason, Robin Nyce, Tracy Silta, Ian Tracy, Cody Vandehey, Shonie Larrow, Megan Parham, Bill Scarlett, Jennifer Werth, Scott and Lela Rosin, Carissa Young, Alyssa Rosin and anyone I missed, we appreciate all you do.

We also thank Joseph Robertia, who took the time to go through all the safety stations, Scott Moon and the Peninsula Clarion for bringing this event to the public's attention.

Last but not lest, we thank all the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring their children to this event in order to keep them safer. You are wonderful!

Jane B. Fellman, RN, Coordinator , PSK CPGH

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