The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court took part with other agencies in Homer as we presented and highlighted alcohol and drug free activities for Homer every Friday in April, to celebrate clean and sober living and to support our community members working on recovery. The activities culminated last weekend, when we had help from the Central Peninsula communities, for which we are very grateful.
First, the Heartbeat of Mother Earth Drumming Circle from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe drove down with their beautiful drum to provide the soundtrack for our community bonfire at Bishop's Beach. Their communal and traditional drumming created the perfect tone for our event. They reminded us that the Peninsula residents are truly neighbors with much in common, especially as we strive for community wellness.
Second, the Soldotna Police Department loaned us their Go-Cart for the Homer Safe Kids Fair. In collaboration with the Homer Police Department, we could let our kids experience firsthand how visual impairment affects their driving. We had them drive the go-cart through a course of cones with and without goggles that simulate the impaired vision of intoxication. (We also let one student drive while receiving a text message, which caused the worst driving of all.)
Youth Court thanks these partners for their help, and we look forward to more collaboration in the future.
Ginny Espenshade, Kenai Peninsula Youth Court director
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