Many work together to make community safer place for kids

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2004

I want to express my gratitude to Ron Delaney and the Fred Meyer Corp. for allowing the 2004 Soldotna Safety Day to take place in their parking lot. Having such an excellent location and support helped make the difference.

There were several different groups that were represented in bringing safety awareness to our community. Special recognition should go to the following for contributing their time, demonstrations and booths: Kurt Braun with the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions; Annita Braun, 10 years old, and Steven Young, 9 years old, racing their midget racers around the parking lot; Goldwing Road Riders Association; Deb Eisele with the Women's Resource and Crisis Center; Nancy Veal and the 4-H; Ervin Petty and Rob Fitch with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management for providing the Earthquake Cottage; Josh Thompson and Keri with Soldotna Central Emergency Services; Fire Marshal Gary Hale and his crew for the spectacular puppet show; Jesse Stoneking with the Soldotna Police Department and Lt. Brad Nelson for providing and demonstrating to parents the DNA kits for small children; Jane Fellman and the Safe Kids Coalition for providing us with safety seat inspections; Sgt. Marvin Towell and Kellie Towell selling hot dogs and soda for the D.A.R.E. program; Tammy Westover and Sharon Roesch with the Division of Forestry; Mel Nading with the Department of Public Safety for providing the helicopter; Nancy Anderson and Sherry Morris for their performance; and Marky d Clown who provided kids and adults alike with his exciting display of balloon creations.

Thank you also needs to go to our judges of the coloring contest: Tom Boedeker and Lisa Parker. As always, the State Farm Good Neigh Bear and Smokey Bear were a hit with the children.

In addition, I want to recognize and thank Karen at KSRM, Alan Auxier at KDLL, and Leslie Fowler with the Peninsula Clarion who helped with the media releases.

I also wish to thank my volunteers for their dedication and time: Tami Gomez, Scott Mitchell, Shirley Reger, Faye Neely, Mary Jane Smith and Jenny McNeil.

I also want to thank the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring their children to this event. You are truly making a difference in keeping kids safer.

It is a powerful tool when community groups unite together and bring specialized events for their community. It was a pleasure to serve with all of these people and see us come together for important issues.

Nancy Mitchell

Soldotna Safety Day Chair

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