Community pulls together for benefit

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

At Kenai Middle School we are not surprised that Alaska is fourth in the nation for volunteerism. We recently held a benefit carnival to financially assist Ericka Reynolds and her family. The number of volunteers and contributions were astounding. Students, parents and community members were there to help all during the planning stages and through the night of the event. Families and businesses, large and small, contributed generously.

That is quite a statement about our community. Business owners, who are inundated with donation requests from school and nonprofit organizations, still found a way to support a worthy cause. Many families, students and children have very full schedules these days, but our volunteers gave the gift of their time and effort to benefit another individual.

The carnival was a success not only because of the dollars raised and the great fun had by all, but because it exemplified what is still great about America and our own Kenai Peninsula. We are a community that cares for one another and offers support whenever and wherever needed. We would like to thank all the volunteers, businesses and community members who contributed to the carnival. Our thanks seem meager compared to the level of gratitude we feel for your efforts. Unfortunately we cannot list each and every one of you, but please know your are greatly appreciated.

Jean Dixon

Kenai Middle School Leadership

Shannon West

KMS Student Council

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