Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

Battle of the Books participants offer thanks to those who helped

Acts of kindness affect our school each day. The Battle of the Books participants and coaches in grades five-six and three-four at K-Beach Elementary thank Jan Misner for her efforts in providing T-shirts to use and to Agrium for their financial support. Your support and kindness are greatly appreciated. Thanks also to new staff Suzanne Klaben and Jill Wojchiekowski, parents who met with students weekly, and the DMC for information and organization. Sundog Screenprinting, we love our T-shirts!

Kathy Clark, K-Beach Elementary

Jason Daniels, K-Beach Elementary

CANstruction 2002 helped supply stocks of food for hungry

Creativity and kindness marked the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's CANstruction Project 2002 event. It was exciting to see the sculptures, all made of canned and packaged food, take shape as participants put their imaginations and energies to work to help feed the hungry.

This year's CANstruction to CANcel Hunger Project, held at the Peninsula Center Mall, had four participants and resulted in more than 1,000 pounds of donated food. Many thanks to all the thoughtful folks who made this event possible!

ACS and Enstar employees donated time, food and money to build their CANstruction sculpture, a beautiful American flag. The Challenger Learning Center's events coordinator, Kathy Jewell, and her crew CANstructed an impressive space rocket, and Kenai Peninsula College teamed with AmeriCorps to make a wonderful donation of food.

The imaginative sculptures were "judged" by local community leaders: Jim Brenton, president of the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association; George Ford and Bruce Passe, United Way board members; Terry Smith, Sadlers Home Furnishings manager; and Mavis Blazy-Lancaster, Peninsula Clarion columnist.

ACS/Enstar's 4-by-8-foot American flag sculpture, made of Campbell's Soup and Pepsi Cola cans, was very popular. It won the Ton-O-Tin Award for the heaviest sculpture, the CAN-Do Award for the most cans used and the Judge's Choice Award.

The AlasCAN Theme Award went to the Challenger Learning Center's space rocket that was CANstructed of containers of Tang (the official space drink).

The Kenai Peninsula College/AmeriCorps team was recognized with the Kids Can Too Award.

A Ton of thanks goes to the participants who built the sculptures, the people who donated the food, our judges, Jason Murry, and the helpful folks at the Peninsula Center Mall who enthusiastically provided the area for this project, Central Emergency Services for the use of the delineators and "Caution" tape used to set up a safe CANstruction Zone, and to Duane Olson and Scott Ensley, who loaded the donated food to take to the Food Bank, where it was made available to hunger-relief agencies for their feeding programs.

This fun-filled event is an example of how businesses and individuals can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Thanks to such a supportive community, CANstruction 2002 was a very successful event, and we hope to have even more fun with it in the coming years.

Peggy Moore, executive director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Swing choir silent auction success from community businesses

The Soldotna High School Swing Choir extends its gratitude and appreciation to the many local businesses, families and individuals that have graciously supported our fund-raising efforts through the donation of the many wonderful items that have made our recent silent auction a rousing success: Alaska Salon, Alaska Auto Country, Alaska Pipe and Supply, Audio Concepts, Ausman Enterprises, Pierce Bassett, Birch Ridge Golf Course, Mr. & Mrs. Blakeslee, Browns Electric, By the Way, Claudette's, Coffee Concepts, Country Touch, Curves for Women, Fish Happens, Gary's Auto Electric, Hair Cutter's, Harley Davidson, Jeff Jefferson: Atty, Justin & Matt, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai River Lodge, John Kobylarz, DDS, Kristie Leaf State Farm, Mail Boxes Etc., Martin Mines Jewelry, Judy McCabe, Missionary Aviation Repair, Orca Theater, River City Book's, Spenard Building Supply Company, Subway of Soldotna, Two J's Alaska Charters, United Equipment Rentals, United States Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, Ann Wilson and the "Y" Chevron.

Bill Keller

Soldotna High School

Skyview hoops boosters appreciate support for recent tournament

On March 14-16, the Region III Class 4A high school basketball and cheerleading tournament was hosted by Skyview High School. The tournament was a seemingly impossible task on the onset, but with the help and response of this great community was judged a stunning success.

We would like to publicly thank and express a deep sense of gratitude to the following companies for their generous donations: Spenard Builders Supply, Wells Fargo Bank, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Jersey Subs, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Phillips Alaska, Three Bears, Hawaiian Vacations, Marytime Charters, Subway of Alaska, Alaska Roadbuilders, Peninsula Center Mall, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Seekins Ford, Anco (Coca Cola), Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Godfathers Pizza, Kasilof Mercantile, Stubs Office Supply, Blockbuster Video, Glacier Pontiac GMC, Era Aviation, Soldotna Elks Club and Regal Foods.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and groups: Kenai Moose Lodge, Dale Dolifka and family, Soldotna Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gary and Sharon Hale, Skyview High School Student Council and Al Howard and the Soldotna High School staff.

Lastly, we would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the dozens of student volunteers, donating parents, and the great staff of Skyview High School, whose hard work and commitment made this event unforgettable for fans and participants alike.

Officers and Members

Skyview High School Basketball

Booster Club

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