On Saturday, Nov. 6, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held our annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 91 children and parents or caregivers attended the event. Full-faced shield helmets were fitted and sold for $30 upon completing the safety training stations.
In addition, thanks to sponsorships from Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, Napa Auto Parts Kenai/Soldotna, Nomar Canvas Products of Homer and Caterpillar Global Mining, each child received a handlebar safety bag, hand warmer, first aid kit, safety cards, emergency blankets, reflectors and a balaclava head sock at no cost.
We extend our thanks and appreciation to Carol Burdick for coordinating the purchase of helmets and balaclavas, Alaska Mining & Diving Supply Inc., in Anchorage, for providing helmets at a discounted price, Les Crane for providing a snowmobile to use for demonstration, Jersey Subs for providing lunch, Kenai Peninsula McDonalds for their ongoing support, Michelle Ostrowski with Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for creating safety cards, and Soldotna Middle School for providing us with a great space to hold the event.
As always, special thanks go to our faithful partners, volunteers and presenters: Dena & Scott Cunningham, Lauri & Jared Lingafelt, Mary Jane Hanley, Theresa & Mike Colton, Maureen & Sarah Mokracek, Jim & Matt Fellman, Madison Cunningham, Carol Burdick, Michelle Glaves, Kylie Dimick, Annita Braun, Gary Hale, Josh Thompson, Jay Morrison, Matt Mokracek, Kate Jefferson from Central Emergency Services, Derek Urban from Soldotna Police Department, Nancy Schrag from Kenai Public Health Department, Michelle McKay from Central Peninsula Hospital, and Jack Ransom from Alaska State Parks. Many thanks to SMS custodian team: Larry Shrieff who arrived early to shovel the sidewalks and Greg Reeser and Nichole Thomason for all their help in making the setup and take down so easy.
Finally, I wish to thank all those who brought their children to this event and who are taking the proper steps to help keep their children safer while riding snowmobiles.
Jane B. Fellman RN/Coordinator, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula
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