Peninsula Reading Carnival draws hundreds in from the cold

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

 

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  Over 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula participated in a variety of fun and educational activities to promote awareness and enthusiasm for literacy last weekend.

"Read Dog" makes an appearance at Peninsula Reading Carnival.

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council held its 5th Annual Reading Carnival at Soldotna High School last Saturday afternoon. Some 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula attended and had the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities to promote awareness and enthusiasm for literacy. With temperatures reaching a high of -20 during the day plenty of people were happy for the indoor event and opportunity to get the kids out of the house for some fun. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to get the big red fire trucks outside. It was just too cold to park outdoors, but we had a lot going on inside for the kids,” said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, “We have coloring and activity books that all relate to fire safety for the kids, so this is a great opportunity for us to get out in the community to promote safety as well as literacy.”

 

Over 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula participated in a variety of fun and educational activities to promote awareness and enthusiasm for literacy last weekend.

Other Carnival activities included an inflatable fun jump, bingo for books, Scholastic book fair, cake walk, and the Soldotna Rotary Reading Wheel of Fortune manned by principal John Pothast and Soldotna Rotarian Leonor Fraser, “We’re here to promote literacy, give prizes away and have fun, this is the second year Rotary has been involved and it’s just great, I would estimate some 800 kids have spun our wheel of fortune and won a prize or a free book,” said Pothast. There were also main stage performances, free door prizes, food concessions, face painting, and various arts & crafts, as well as several booths providing used and new books for sale. Costumed entertainers throughout the day included two Cats in the Hat, Clifford, Disney characters such as Cinderella, and Snow White, and Kenai Performers cast members from The King and I. Several booths were run directly by the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council and others by volunteers from groups such as the KPBSD Librarians, Soldotna Montessori Charter School, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Nikiski-North Star Elementary School, and Grace Lutheran Church & School.

Sponsors of the event included the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council, River City Books, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Oilers, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and Wells Fargo, according to Monica Heath of Nikiski North Star Elementary School.



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