Many contribute to keeping kids safe

Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2009

On Nov. 14, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held the 10th annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 97 children along with their parents or caregivers attended the event. Over 70 full-faced shield helmets were fitted and sold for $30. This year, those purchasing helmets received a balaclava head sock and reflectors for their helmets.

Handlebar safety bags were provided for the participants, thanks to generous funding from Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, Napa Auto Parts Kenai/Soldotna and Nomar Canvas Products of Homer.

Additional thanks to A-1 Enterprises, Inc. for loaning a snowmobile, Les Crane for delivering and picking up the machine, Burdick Enterprises for giving us a discount on helmets and balaclavas, and Signs Plus for a discount on triangle reflector tape for the back of the helmets. Thanks to 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. Thanks to Alaska State Parks and rangers Jack Ransom and Ali Eskelin for presenting a new station on ice safety.

As always, special thanks go to our faithful volunteers: Dena and Scott Cunningham, Lauri, Doug and Jared Lingafelt, Joan Miller, Mary Jane Hanley, Carolann Barum, Kendra and Bill Ashwell, Theresa Colton, Matt Fellman, Madison Cunningham, Kim and Mackenzie Senn, Gary Hale and Brad Nelson-CES, Robb Quelland and Derck Urban-SPD, Nancy Schrag, Michelle McKay, Annita Braun, Michael Erickson, Janet Shapley and out of town faithful supporters Gordon Glaser, Mary Jo Robinson and Sara Penisten.

Finally, I wish to thank all those who brought their children to this event and who are taking the proper steps to help keep them safer while riding snowmobiles.

Jane B. Fellman RN/Coordinator

Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula

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