Becky Dwinnell and Patti Ireland of Cook Inlet Academy rehearse the CIA carolers before touring Kenai.
For the last five or six years Becky Dwinnell, pre-school teacher at Cook Inlet Academy (CIA), fondly known as Miss Becky, has been touring the local community with her pre-school through 3rd grade carolers. This year the venue was expanded to the Kenai community and included Wing’s Café at the Kenai Airport, Home Depot, Carrs/Safeway, and Vintage Point Manor. “Everyone was so excited to see and hear the kids singing their hearts out. The kids love representing their school and sharing the birthday of Jesus by singing carols,” said Miss Becky.
As always the transportation and coordination of the 66 some carolers all under the age of 8 was a formidable task that included the talents of CIA Kindergarten teacher Annette Smith, 1st grade teacher Patti Ireland, 2nd grade teacher Angie Lyons, and 3rd teacher Carrie Nelson, “And lots and lots of helpful parents with lots of cars,” added Dwinnell, “We so appreciate the businesses and establishments that opened their doors to us and made this such a fun and positive experience for our kids, they will always remember these special times as they grow up and continue with their education. Christmas for them will always be more about giving and sharing with the community their happiness and joy then what presents they’ll be getting under their Christmas tree. As adults it’s hard for any of us to remember the gifts we got as kids, but these experiences are never forgotten. So on behalf of each of the little ones thank you and Merry Christmas,” smiled Miss Becky.
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