Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002


CES 'Fill the Boot' effort supported by numerous community members

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy "Fill the Boot" fund-raising effort.

Employees, family members and post explorers volunteered their time during the Labor Day weekend to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the Fill the Boot campaign. A personal thank you to the Freestone family for their support and participation at our Soldotna station, while Fill the Boot organizers took donations at the Sterling Highway-Spur Highway "Y."

A special thank you to Kaladi Brothers for helping us achieve our 2002 goal by donating a percentage of its daily proceeds during the Labor Day weekend to this worthy cause. Let us not forget the additional help received from Jersey Subs, Godfather's Pizza, and The Moose is Loose, providing nourishment to keep our bodies moving forward during our campaign; again, thank you very much.

We want to inform the community that through your efforts and generosity we were able to raise $15,500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The money raised in this effort will be used to assist Alaska citizens who suffer from all of the muscular disorders covered by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Once again residents of the Kenai Peninsula have shown their giving and caring support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Chief Jeff Tucker, MDA Coordinator Gary Hale, Central Emergency Services, Soldotna

Nikiski Elementary appreciates support from community

The staff at Nikiski Elementary School would like to take the time in honor of "United Day of Service" to let you know our lives and the children's lives who attend our school are being made better because we have community members who take the time to make a positive difference.

We have three churches in our area, North Star Methodist Church, North Kenai Baptist Church and Aurora Heights Assembly of God, who fall into this category. Members come bright and early every morning to make and serve breakfast to any student free of charge. This is a wonderful partnership coordinated by Pastors John Henry and Denver Copeland.

Approximately 14,000 breakfasts will be served to our students this year! These super volunteers are a mixture of young and mature, but they all have one thing in common, their smiles and love for children, even someone else's child!

Another group of people who are helping in a different way is the VFW, both the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and the Veterans of Foreign Wars division. Each year before the children return from their summer vacation, the VFW representatives are here with checks in hand (and I never have to call them or request their help). We purchase classroom supplies and materials for children who cannot afford to purchase their own. Last year these funds were also used to purchase clothing and boots for children.

And last, but certainly not least, is Primo Pizza owner Nancy Ward. We currently have 200 students enrolled at Nikiski Elementary. Mrs. Ward donates each child a birthday gift certificate for a free pizza. Primo Pizza has been doing this for more than five years!

The Nikiski community is blessed with many great volunteers and generous people. Parents spend thousands of hour's volunteering in our classrooms and with their children. Our staff is extremely grateful for all of the community's support. Thanks again for making a positive difference!

Mark Norgren, principal, Nikiski Elementary School

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