Many contribute to carnival's success

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council would like to thank the residents of the Kenai Peninsula who attended the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 29. The event was very successful. We estimate over 1,300 people attended and over 700 books were given away to children. We could have never done this without the support and enthusiasm we received from so many in the community.

After expenses, proceeds made by the KPRC will go toward literacy projects on the Kenai Peninsula, including KPC's Books for Babies program, the Seward Infant Learning Center and to provide professional development scholarships for teachers in the area of literacy.

We would like to thank the following individuals, businesses and organizations who sponsored, volunteered, participated or contributed in some way: ConocoPhillips Alaska, Agrium, Home Depot, the city of Soldotna, Soldotna Community Schools, Peninsula Clarion, Larry Streiff and Soldotna Middle School custodial staff and administration, Carol Ford, Suzanne Klaben and students from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Erin Southwick and students from Soldotna Elementary, Matt Boyle and students from Nikiski North Star Elementary, Soldotna Montessori Charter students, Matt Faris and Shellie Worsfold and students from Tustumena Elementary, Kenai Senior Citizens Center Swinging Golden Girls, Grace Lutheran School, Linsey Krueger and the Hip Hop dancers, Sylvia Reynolds, Lori Manion, Patti Walker, Tony Morgan, Bobbie Baldwin, Kenai Peninsula Reading Council members, KPBSD librarians, Kenai Montessori School, Spring Larrow, Soldotna Middle School Intensive Java Joint, SMS PTSA, Soldotna Elementary PTA, Sterling Head Start, Soldotna Elementary After the Bell, Wells Fargo Bank, Wendy Milligan, Carol Boemler's fourth-fifth grade from Sterling Elementary, Gary Hale and Central Emergency Services, Teri Hoffman's fifth-sixth grade from Sterling Elementary, Kenai Peninsula Literacy and K-Beach first-grade teachers, Mo Sanders, Chris Gehrett, Dorothy Gray, Susan Rorrison, Ammi Hall, Christina Edelen, Fred Meyer, KSRM, Mrs. Hurst's 3 third-graders at Redoubt Elementary, National Honor Society students from Soldotna High and Skyview High schools and many others, too numerous to name individually, who helped with booths, set-up and other ways that made the day a success.

A special thank you, also, to each of the members of the Reading Carnival Planning Committee and especially to their families: Lynn Dusek, Christine Ermold, Matt Faris, Corey Hall, Cindy Hurst, Sherril Miller, Virginia Morgan, Rosie Reeder, Amy St. Onge, Carmen Triana, Bob VanDerWege, Carol VanDerWege and Shellie Worsfold. Without their foresight, planning and energy, this event wouldn't have happened.

If anyone is interested in more information or becoming a member of the reading council, contact Bob VanDerWege at 283-0416 or

Virginia Morgan, Reading Carnival Planning Committee

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