Games’ athlete village was impressive feat

Posted: Monday, March 27, 2006

Schools are clearly the heart of every community, and Kenai proved this yet again during the Arctic Winter Games. Our family traveled to the Games to cheer on our two children and their teamates. We were astounded by the scope of the Games, and the volunteer effort required. We were particularly

impressed by the transformation of Kenai/Soldotna Schools into Athlete villages. For one very full week, our kids and their teamates lived, ate, and laughed in Kenai school hallways, with never a complaint. Well, there was an occasional grumble, but it was negligible on the teenage Richter scale. That, alone, is impressive.

On the eve of our departure, with precious ulus in hand, we noticed flyers posted on the school doors, notifying volunteers of the dismantling timetable. There was but one full day to disassemble the Village, its 2,000 bunk beds and restore the space back to functioning classrooms. Whew. Thank you Kenai Schools.

Our hats are off to the many unsung heroes of the Games — the worker bees behind the scenes, who made this all possible. We appreciate the time and energy you put into making the Games successful.

Great job Kenai. Thank you.

Mary Hakala and family,

Peter Ord, Nathan, Annika and Bekka


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