The Ides of March brought good news for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula. March 15th was the deadline this year for high school students and teachers within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) to turn in their Caring For The Kenai (CFK) entries. Over 300 entries, with more than 400 student participants, were collected Monday at the Kenai River Center where they are being processed for judging. The 300 entries were received from local high schools, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Skyview, Seward, and Ninilchik.
The program sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Products offers cash awards to the best twelve proposals addressing the prompt, "What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to improve the area's preparedness for a natural disaster?"
The educational partnership is part of the KPBSD science curriculum. Each year Agrium and Unocal grant $500 cash to schools assigning the project to offset classroom expenses or to purchase needed supplies or equipment. The remainder of the $10,000 in CFK grants is divided up proportionately to participating schools based on where the school's students place in the final oral presentation competition.
In addition to the recognition and prizes that go to the 12 finalists each year, CFK has a semi-finalist award program that includes over 30 sponsors that award special recognition prizes to entries of the sponsor's selection. This year all sponsors and award recipients will be featured in a full-page ad in the Peninsula Clarion and Dispatch.
All judging is done anonymously with the student's name and school not being revealed until after the final oral presentations. CFK final oral presentations will be held at the Kenai High School Little Theatre Friday, April 23rd at 6:00pm. The public is encouraged to attend the CFK oral student presentations to experience personally the great ideas coming forward from our youth.
All entries qualifying as CFK semi-finalists will be on public display Saturday, April 3rd at Gottschalks, located in the Peninsula Center Mall, in Soldotna. KSRM will provide live radio broadcasts throughout the day, featuring interviews with students and teachers. Complete details and history of the CFK program are avail-
able at www.caringforthekenai.com.
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