Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002

Hospice appreciates support

Hospice of the Central Peninsula wishes to express our appreciation to our friends Phill and Rita Draheim at Peninsula Mental Health and to our friends at the Veterans of Foreign War Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046. For the past several years, the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary have donated the rent for our office space, allowing space for volunteers and staff to work and meet with family members. Peninsula Mental Health expanded on that gift by donating an additional office for hospice's Community Bereavement Program and a meeting room for grief support groups and volunteer meetings.

During November, Hospice celebrated National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and we just wanted to say how grateful we are for the continuing support received from community groups and businesses.

Liz Schubert, Executive director, Hospice of the Central Peninsula

Band fund-raiser great success

On Nov. 25, the Nikiski Middle-High School's Jazz Band celebrated its first jazz band concert of the year by including a dessert auction in with its wonderful music entertainment.

The students from the jazz band wish to take this opportunity to express a heartfelt thank you to all those responsible for making our fund-raiser a successful one: Bear Paw Restaurant; Blockbuster Video; Kmart; the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; Tesoro 2 Go; Robin Williams, principal; Darlene Gehrke, band director; Carol Hall; Sharon Brower; the community members who bid on the desserts; and especially the parents and grandparents who donated the wonderful desserts for our auction!

We were also fortunate to have a special guest drummer, Roy Wells, join us. Thank you Mr. Wells, for your time and your talent! If you missed this concert, be sure to come see us again in February 2003!

Mary Kennedy for the, Nikiski Middle-High School, Jazz Band Students

Group shows commitment to youth

On Nov. 7 and 8, a group of more than 20 parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and community volunteers participated in a training conference for the Aspirations Advocate Program. The training was conducted by Kris Fox of the Global Institute for Student Aspirations based at Endicott College in Boston, Mass.

These men and women from around the peninsula took two days of their time to learn more about implementing the Aspirations Advocate mentor program in their respective schools. I am grateful for their commitment to our youth and appreciate their efforts on behalf of our students.

A big thank you to the following: K-Beach Elementary School, Kim Senn; Kenai Middle School, Kelly Brewer and Kim Navarre; Soldotna Middle School, Karen Ruebsamen, Mary Dougherty, John Harro, Sarge Truesdell and Kim Van Antwerp; Homer Middle School, Heather Pancratz; Kenai Central High School, Mark Manuel, Chuck Cranston and Kim Fields; Seward High School, Jill Herbert and Rhonda Hubbard; Soldotna High School, Sean Dusek, Shirley Gifford and Matt Walton; Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, Al Anderson; and Skyview High School, Joan Miller, Scott Stubbert and Tamara Sue Lundell.

Again, many thanks to these individuals and the school administrators and staffs who support their efforts.

Sheilah-Margaret Pothast, District facilitator, Aspirations Advocate Program

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