Teaching importance of community applauded

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I will have lived in Kenai almost 10 years and with the homesteaders that I known, who live on the Kenai Peninsula, there are times I feel like the "new kid on the block!" However, I am proud to claim Kenai as my hometown! This was really exemplified on March 12 when the Kenai Senior Center held a fundraiser for the home meal program, "March for Meals." Mr. Kiel, the government teacher at Kenai Central High School, needs to be applauded for teaching the importance of community service to his students. Two senior high girls, Anna Juntina and Deandra Latz, assisted the seniors with planning the event, selling tickets, placing posters around town, finding high school students to serve dinner, and assisting with the pie auction. A big thank you needs to go to the parents of these two students who supported their endeavor, attended the event and assisted in the kitchen. A big thank you needs to go to Bill Osborn and Patsy Clifford for selling fundraising tickets. A big thank you goes to our local vendors: Three Bears, Country Foods, Safeway and Peterkin Distributors for the food donations. A big thank you to the seniors who made and donated pies that were sold at the auction. Our auctioneer, Duane Bannock deserves a thank you for his auctioneer abilities. He persisted and got the audience to purchase the pies for top dollar. Thank you to JD Uponen and Mr. Weller who shared their musical talents that entertained us during the evening. Last but not least, a Big Thank You to all the community people who purchased tickets for the event, and those who donated funds for the match grant. The funds raised will go directly into our Home Meal Program! Over and over again, when there is cause people in this community are very generous and willing to "go the extra mile" to raise funds for services that reach out to people within our community.

I would like a thank you to KCHS government teacher, Michelle Borland and her student, Lee Ann Magiera. Lee Ann volunteered 21 service hours getting to know the seniors, coordinating the March 4th event called, "From One Senior to Another." This was a BINGO Night. She planned and coordinated the event as well as collected prizes from community merchants. Thank you to the local merchants who donated prizes for Bingo.

Events such as these builds community, provides an opportunity to share the value of generations coming together to learn while raising funds for the Home Meal Program as well as making intergenerational friendships old and new.

Rachael Craig


Kenai Senior Services

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