Young Carolers Help Warm Elder Hearts

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

 

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  CIA pre-school through 3rd graders go caroling at Soldotna Senior Center.

CIA's Miss Becky gets hugs from her choir.

The sounds of children’s voices lifted in happy holiday melodies echoed across the Central Peninsula last week delighting shoppers, senior citizens, hospital staff and patients. For the last dozen or so years Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) pre-school teacher Becky Dwinnell, fondly known as “Miss Becky,” has been Christmas Caroling with her pre-school through 3rd grade students throughout the local community. Last week with the help of parents to provide transportation Miss Becky took two groups of 30 students on a caroling tour that included the Soldotna Senior Center, Heritage Place, Central Peninsula Hospital, Beemun’s Variety store, and Carrs Safeway in Soldotna.

 

Following their performance CIA carolers share Holiday Hugs with guests at Soldotna Senior Center.

“It just couldn’t happen without the help of all the parents and teachers, the children really look forward to sharing their joy with the community and practice real hard in the week leading up to our tour,” said Miss Becky.

 

Following their performance CIA carolers share Holiday Hugs with guests at Soldotna Senior Center.

6-year-old Maria said her favorite part of caroling were the smiles on the people’s faces and all the hugs. Becky says she loves her work with the little ones, but admits it’s difficult to realize that some of the little ones she first took caroling are now college grads starting families of their own.

 

CIA pre-school through 3rd graders go caroling at Soldotna Senior Center.

According to officials at the Soldotna Senior Center and CPH it’s always a highlight of the holiday season to have the children come caroling.

 

CIA pre-school through 3rd graders go caroling at Soldotna Senior Center.

“They come here and sometimes everyone isn’t feeling so good this time of year, we’ve experienced some tragic events recently, but by the time the children are done singing you can feel the spirit of Christmas and when the kids leave everyone has a smile and feels a whole lot better,” said Bonnie Nichols, director of marketing and public relations for Central Peninsula Hospital.



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