Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2003

Honor students make winter craft fair a big success

Soldotna Community Schools recently sponsored our annual Make-It-and-Take-It Winter Craft Fair. Co-sponsored by the Skyview National Honor Society, nearly 100 young people and their parents spent the afternoon making old-fashioned paper crafts, creating masterpieces and decorating cookies. The NHS students planned the crafts, made supply lists and models and then helped the students the day of the fair to create simple and some not-so-simple crafts.

The Skyview NHS students who worked so hard to make the craft project afternoon a "Super Saturday" were chairperson Christina Colvin, Jenny Carpenter, Ryan Staab, Janna Knight, Anne Verba and Kimberly Martin and Skyview NHS adviser, Linda Raemaeker. Other Skyview students who helped with the project were Kaleena Schouweiler, Laurel Murdock, Amber Gilliland and Hillary Cassidy

"Partner projects" such as these are important events for both age groups and Soldotna Community Schools appreciates the support of the fine young Skyview High School students, with their creativity and energy, and the parents of the younger folks who make a point of supporting our ongoing activities with their attendance. Thanks to all!

RoseMary Reeder, director

Soldotna Community Schools

History competition made possible thanks to area businesses

The 11th grade students at Soldotna High School were involved in a U.S. history research competition using Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne Millennium Mix" song. A number of businesses in the Soldotna community donated prizes for the winning team.

I would like to thank Signatures Salon, Buckets Sports Grill, Gottschalks, Laura Sena (West Coast Beauty Supply) and the Hair Force for their generous donations. Their continuous support of activities in our schools is greatly appreciated!

Teresa Kiffmeyer

Soldotna High School

Wildwood group commits positive act for the community

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, I would like to offer our gratitude to the Wildwood Correctional Center Native Culture Club for reaching out to help feed the hungry in our community. I always knew we lived in a caring community but didn't realize, until recently, that those who are imprisoned are also very interested in assisting others who are less fortunate. The Native Culture Club members' kindness has given me a whole new perspective on the food bank being an outreach of the individuals in our community.

The Native Culture Club has set a fine example of selfless giving that is an inspiration to those who serve the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. Their gift of support will become the priceless gift of nutrition and health, security and confidence to many who are in need.

We hope you will join the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and those we serve in commending the Native Culture Club members for their community spirit and compassion!

Peggy Moore

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Unocal helps keep roof over Peninsula Art Guild

Peninsula Art Guild would like to thank Unocal for its generous donation toward our roofing project at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. We appreciate Unocal's ongoing presence in the community and support of local art venues such as the art gallery in Old Kenai.

Mark Anderson, president

Peninsula Art Guild

Community comes together to support reading carnival

The Reading Carnival Planning Committee would like to thank the residents of the Kenai Peninsula who attended the Peninsula Reading Carnival Feb. 1. The event was a huge success. More than 1,000 people attended. We could have never done this without the support and enthusiasm we received from the entire community. Plans are already in the works to make this an annual event, so plan on participating next year!

We also would like to thank the following individuals, businesses and organizations who helped out, participated or contributed in some way: Todd Syverson, Karl Kircher, Jean Dixon, Katy Bethune, Susan Rorrison, Jerry Holmgaard, Kent Hurst, Tommy Gossard, Carol Morris, Sue Evanson, Bob Ermold, Bob VanDerWege, Coby McKeirnan, Ryan Staab, Kathy Wartinbee, Andrea Steadman, Tara Rosin, Margaret Gilman, Michael Bania, Susie Kendrick, Shelly Worsfold, Ann Haddox, Terri Burdick, Redoubt Elementary After the Bell, Ms. Rosin's kindergarten and second grade, Mrs. Boyce's fourth grade, Mike Morgan, Carol Ford, Katie Lockwood;

Kenai Community Library, Kenai Cooperative Preschool, Kathy Holt, Janet Boyce, Soldotna Elementary PTSA, Soldotna Middle After the Bell, Beemuns, Tustumena Elementary, Soldotna Middle PTSA, The Daily Grind Coffee Coach, Soldotna Fire Department, Kenai Fire Department, Connections, Girl Scouts, MK Knudsen, Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center, Community Schools, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Title 1, Soldotna Middle School custodial staff and administration, Coca Cola, Peninsula Clarion, Fred Meyer, Gottschalks, Safeway, River City Books, Soldotna Little League, Homer Electric Association, Alaska Great Skate, Eyewear Express, Mackey Lake Co., Navy Recruiting Center, Air Force Recruiter, GNC, Lisa Juliussen and many others too numerous to name who helped with booths, set up and in various other ways that made the day a success.

A special thank you also to each of the members of the Peninsula Reading Carnival Planning Committee: Janet Boyce, Christine Ermold, Tracy Erwin, Corey Hall, Norma Holmgaard, Cindy Hurst, Sherril Miller, Virginia Morgan, Rosie Reeder, Mo Sanders and Carol VanDerWege. Without their foresight, planning and energy, this event would not have happened.

Virginia Morgan

Reading Carnival Planning Committee

Soldotna hockey team inspires with stirring performance

We had to take a moment and send our congratulations to the Soldotna High School hockey team and coaches. Our own children graduated a while ago, but we love to follow SoHi's teams by radio and in person.

We were privileged to hear the SoHi/Dimond game last Thursday and found it absolutely inspiring. We want you to know that the amazing endurance and skillful play that was exhibited did not go unnoticed by your community. Regardless of the outcome, it was one for the record books.

We are so proud of you!

Bruce and Linda Schirmers


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