Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2002

Teen center hosts two dances

The Kenai Teen Center had two dances last month: a high school Peninsula Ice Challenge dance Nov. 15 and a middle school Harvest Dance Nov. 23. Both events were a success; the teens danced to music provided by Ian's DJ service.

I would like to thank our chaperones. Without our adult chaperones, the teen center would not be able to provide a safe and fun environment for peninsula teens. A big round of applause to Chuck and Lee Smalley; they have rarely missed a dance in eight years of chaperoning, and they chaperoned both dances. Also, Rick McGlasson helped out with the high school dance. The middle school dance also was chaperoned, for the first time, by Dustin Smiley and Adrian Carrasco. I hope they will join us again.

Many thanks to our chaperones!

I would like to thank and introduce our new assistant teen center supervisor Monica Johnson. This was Monica's first middle school dance here at the teen center. She helped with pulling this dance together with decorations and helped with the raffle. Welcome to the teen center, Monica, and thank you for all your enthusiasm and positive energy.

I can't forget the student volunteers: Russell Moore, John Cook, Mark Gilbert and Tim Fitzgerald did an exceptional job during the high school dance at the door, helping out with a number of tasks. Also, many of the teens at the center that afternoon who helped with decorating and setting up enjoyed pizza for their time and energy.

The middle school dance referees did an excellent job as well. Thank you, KK Massera, Rachael Killian, Amanda Kivi, Jesse, Dennis, Robert Hering, Danielle King and Mo Munro. There was a great time had by all. Many danced, some played pool and everyone participated in the raffle for two Kambe Theater passes.

Thank you to all that brought food for the food bank.

Michelle McGlasson

Teen center supervisor

Kids create crafts to share

The Soldotna High School National Honor Society recently worked with Soldotna Com-munity Schools on our annual fall-winter Kids-Make-It-and-Take-It Craft Fair. The day was a huge success with more than 100 participants. The NHS students planned the crafts, made supply lists and then helped the students to create simple crafts. From greeting cards for mom and dad to tree ornaments, cookies to decorate and eat to gak -- everyone left with lots of handmade crafts to share with family and friends.

The NHS students who worked so hard to make the craft project afternoon a "Super Saturday" were chairperson Jessica Weimer, Sarah R. Rife, Sarah Youngren, Ricki Jackson, Kelsey Cusack, Jon Buchholz, Haley Smith, Joseph A. Rife, Andrea Steadman, Chrystal Carlson, Carlene Miller, Bobby Utrip, Joseph C. Blanchard II and SoHi NHS adviser Bruce Rife.

Partner projects such as these are important events for both age groups. Soldotna Com-munity Schools appreciates the support of these fine young Soldotna High School students, with their creativity and energy, and the

parents of the younger folks who make a point of supporting our ongoing activities with their attendance. Thanks to all!

Rosie Reeder, lead coordinator

Soldotna Community Schools

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