I want to add my appreciation for the Industry Appreciation Day and all those who worked to put the event together. The "Big Tonka Toys on the Bluff" was a particular favorite event for us to watch.
The kids were given big yellow work gloves and a hard hat to wear while in the "construction" area. They lined up behind cones indicating the equipment they wished to operate: a choice of a dozer, dump truck, backhoe, loader, grader and bucket truck. Adult volunteers led the kids to the equipment and helped them climb on and and off the big rigs. The volunteer operators gave each one an opportunity to ride and operate at some degree the equipment. A favorite thing seemed to be the air horn on the dump truck.
This was a great opportunity for "little" and "big" kids to have a great time on the big "Tonka" toys doing real work. I hope the photographer who was taking wonderful pictures of the kids on all pieces of equipment will submit them for a full-page coverage of this event. The look on the kids' faces will show true appreciation for this event and all those who pulled it together.
Alaska Communication System (ACS), Homer Electric Association (HEA), AA Dan Construction, Airport Equipment Rentals, D and L Construction and the city of Kenai donated use of their equipment and provided willing operators for the event. They deserve a big thank you.
I hope this event will continue for a hands-on opportunity for future young construction workers.
Mayme Ohnemus, Cooper Landing
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