Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

VFW Ladies Auxiliary says thanks

On behalf of the members of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary we'd like to thank Helen Wynkoop, Carol Cookson, Avis Hayes, and Wanda Stuart, the judges who reviewed and scored the entries in the national Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Program competition, sponsored locally by the Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046.

Special thanks also to Rick and Jay of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for their assistance and technical expertise in the promotion of the program.

Billie Huddleston, program chair

Ann Lawrence, president

Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 10046

Grant will go to resource library

Frontier Community Services Early Inter-vention program staff would like to thank the Fred Meyer Foundation for the $500 grant that we received to establish a parent resource library for our program.

Families need support in researching the latest information concerning diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment programs. These funds will be used for support and assistance through technology, educational materials and hands-on support and equipment. These tools will be placed in a lending library, available to our families and/or consumers.

Our program serves approximately 61 children on going and screens and evaluates another 200 annually. Your donation makes it possible for us to provide the services needed to these children and their families.

On behalf of the entire staff of the early intervention program and all the "little people" we serve, we thank you for your generous donation.

Cindy Derning, Renie Aragon, Jim Hollis, Amanda Faulkner and Linda Leveque

Frontier Community Services

Early Intervention program staff

Exercise proves kids in good hands

I would like to applaud the staff at K-Beach Elementary School and our local law enforcement agencies. On Jan. 21, an inservice day for our school district, I inadvertently became involved in a critical incident exercise at K-Beach Elementary. I would like to say to the parents of the students attending K-Beach that they can rest assured that their children are in capable, professional hands while they are in that school.

I was invited to sit in on the debriefing. The law enforcement agencies that were involved in the exercise had nothing but the greatest praise for the way the staff handled the situation.

In the question-and-answer session that followed, it became abundantly clear to me just how valuable such training sessions are. To be able to address various aspects of the exercise that could have been handled differently is invaluable. It's too late to find your weaknesses in the midst of a real crisis.

It's a shame that our elementary schools should even have to consider such a possibility. However, it is a fact of our society and it's far better to be prepared than to have our head in the sand should it ever really happen at one of our schools.

I appreciate the time and effort of all those involved. I feel much more secure in the safety of our children at K-Beach Elementary and would like to know that all our schools have such training.

D. Hahn


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