For more years than she likes to remember Becky Dwinnell, fondly known to her students at Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) as Miss Becky has brightened the Central Peninsula with the joyous sounds of children caroling songs of the season, "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 Miss Becky.
Dwinnell has directed the pre-school through 3rd grade CIA carolers and coordinated the community tour since its inception. "We have over 50 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."
The caroling locations are specially selected to spread as much warmth as possible at places where it is needed the most as well as public venues where everyone has an opportunity to join in the fun. This year venues for the CIA carolers included Heritage Place, Soldotna Senior Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, Beemun's, Kenai Peninsula Borough offices, and Fred Myers, "My favorite place was the hospital, the people there got tears in their eyes," said one of the carolers. This year the CIA carolers also hand made and delivered decorated letters of encouragement for all of the CPH staff and nurses, "I'm sorry for the tragedy that happened at the hospital. I'm just happy that not more people got hurt. I pray that God blesses you and keeps you safe over the holiday season," wrote 6th grader Madison.
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