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Posted: Monday, November 06, 2000

Fund-raiser puts Kenai library closer to its goal of 'bigger'

The Friends of the Library would like to thank the following individuals and businesses who helped to make our recent raffle fund-raiser a success: the library staff, Brenda Manka, Tommy Thompson and the board of trustees for ticket sales; Joan Hansen and the Peninsula Clarion for publicity in the "Neighbors" column; KSRM for public service announcements; the Eagles Aerie No. 3525 for the use of their facility; Tommy and Peggy Thompson, Cliff and Kathy Heus, Wayne Prentice, Janet Brown, Emily DeForest, Betsy Arbelovsky and Megan O'Neill for help with set up, decorations and cleanup; Dottie and Kent Sanders for emcee duty; Aquio Purugganan and his crew for a wonderful meal; Copy Cats for ticket printing; and the Kenai Dixieland Band, Jerry and Annie McDonnell, Barb and Mike Christian and Carol Ford for entertainment.

And finally, thank you to all those who bought tickets and attended dinner either evening. Your continued generosity and support reassure us that bigger is not just better but will one day be a reality and not just a goal.

Nora Satathite

Friends of the Library raffle chairperson

Kenai Community Library

'Walk Your Child to School' event helps teach pedestrian safety

Winter is here and with it comes darkness, cold weather and many safety hazards. Thanks to the Soldotna Police Department, Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids, and Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools, on Oct. 25 at 8:15 a.m., several parents and students from Redoubt and Soldotna schools gathered at designated meeting places to join in a statewide community "Walk Your Child to School" event.

This event was to encourage parents to teach children about pedestrian safety and become aware of the difficulties and dangers children face on their trip each day. The day celebrates safety, health and physical activity.

Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Warner, Sgt. Rob Quelland, Sgt. McGillivray, Officer Lacroix, Mayor Ken Lancaster, Tom Boedeker, Carolyn Cannava, Ken Meacham, Sharon Hale, Marti Shirley, Robin Nyce, PTA members, teachers, school officials, several of the Central Emergency Services staff and Safe Kids members were on hand to lead the groups to their schools. Children and parents were given pedestrian safety guidelines, reflectors and once at school enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies.

We thank Safeway for providing cookies and Dena and Scott Cunningham of McDonald's for helping Safe Kids in providing door prizes, certificates and McDonald's coupons.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in making our children's safety an important part of their day.

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

1. Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until the traffic skills and judgment thresholds are reached by each child.

2. Always model and teach proper pedestrian behavior. Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks whenever possible. Make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing in front of them. Don't assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.

3. Instruct children to look left-right-left again when crossing a street and to continue looking as they cross. Children should never run into the street.

4. Require children to wear reflective materials and carry a flashlight at dawn and dusk.

5. Teach children to walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible, when sidewalks are not available.

6. Prohibit play in driveways, in adjacent, unfenced yards, in streets or parking lots.

7. Teach children to cross the street at least 10 feet in front of a school bus and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading/unloading zone.

8. Advocate for the implementation of traffic calming measures, walkways that separate pedestrians from traffic, limited curbside parking, reduced traffic in residential neighborhoods and lower speed limits.

For further information on childhood injury prevention contact the Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition for the Central Peninsula Area at Central Peninsula General Hospital at 262-8195 ext. 280.

Jane B. Fellman, R.N., coordinator

Central Peninsula Safe Kids

Cheers to all those who made KCHS 'Chili Feed' great success

As the cheerleading coach at Kenai Central High School, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following local businesses and individuals for the success of the "Chili Feed" during the KCHS Bonfire.

A huge "thank you" to Tesoro for the donation of the tent; to Coca-Cola for the donation of the Coke trailer; to Unocal for the donation of the Fritos, cases of soda and utensils; to Pat Porter, for the delectable pies; to Sam Stewart and the administration for allowing us the opportunity to participate in this event, and to Brad Tufto at the state Department of Environmental Conservation for all of his help with the permit!

I would also like to thank the following parents of KCHS cheerleaders for all of their time and efforts: Barry and Cherie Brewer, Dennis and Kelly Gifford, Doug and Tina Herford, Pam Saltzgiver, Barry and Margie Campbell, Jackie Taylor, Lloyd and Jennifer Richards, Pat Burke-Peters, Susan Peterson, Marilyn Farris, Cheryl Main and Kathy Moore. Your time and efforts, along with your support of this program, are amazing! Thank you!

I would also like to thank all of my cheerleaders. You have worked so hard this season with all of our fund-raising and also, all of the volunteering for many different community events. I am so proud of all of you girls. Thank you for making this program a success! Last, I would like to thank the community.

Jenniffer Rosin

KCHS Cheerleading Coach

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