Over 400 learn about snow machine safety

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Keeping kids safe while they're having fun and developing outdoor skills is the mission of Safe Kids on the Kenai Peninsula. The program started five years ago is a community effort sponsored by the Central Peninsula General Hospital, McDonalds of the Kenai Peninsula, Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, and A-1 Enterprises.

Last Saturday over 400 people turned out for the clinic that provided everything necessary for kids ages 6-14 to learn safety skills on a snow machine. 145 helmets were properly fitted, or special sizes ordered, and provided to kids at cost. Over 40 volunteers showed up to teach and assist with the one-hour course according to Deena Cunningham, of McDonalds, one of the events founders and organizers, "It was a terrific turn out, and it feels really great to think that over the last five years, we may have saved a kids life, or prevented a lifelong injury from occurring through the Safe Kids program. It makes it all worthwhile and we really appreciate the community and parental support for the program," said Cunningham. Many adult snow machine veterans came away from the clinic saying that they had learned things about safe operation of a snow machine that they had never considered before.

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