Paul Miller of Trustworthy Hardware, welcomes Miss Becky and the CIA carolers to his store in Soldotna.
For most children throughout the world Christmas is an exciting time of wish lists and opening presents, but for the last 15 years, the children of Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) have taken their excitement, smiles and favorite carols out of the school and spread them around the community. “It’s our most favorite field trip of the year,” exclaimed 8-year-old Timmy. “My favorite is Jingle Bells” said 6-year-old Bodie.
“It’s awesome, the kids love it and this year more than ever the people of the community seem to be really enjoying the children singing. The kids really like singing for the elderly, those who are hospitalized, or maybe just shut-in or frail, and you can see them brighten and get happier with each song. This community supports us throughout the year and this is our chance to give back a little and say thank you with our smiles,” said Becky Dwinnell, fondly known to all as Miss Becky. Dwinnell has directed the pre-school through 3rd grade CIA carolers and coordinated the community tour since its inception. “We have over 100 out this year. That takes a lot of parental help and cooperation and for that I’m always grateful because we just couldn’t do it without them helping us transport the kids from place to place,” Miss Becky told reporters after their final performance at the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware store last week.
This year the group did mini-performances on December 6th and 8th at six different locations that included the Soldotna Senior Center, Heritage Place, Central Peninsula General Hospital, Beemun’s Variety, Soldotna Safeway, and Trustworthy Hardware. “This is precious, this is what Christmas is all about,” said Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware store owner Paul Miller.
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