Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:22 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Week passed in flurry of fun

The week to celebrate young children in Homer (April 22 -28) flew by with a flurry of fun events for young kids. Many people contributed to making it a successful week.Many organizations hosted special events, some agencies highlighted the great things they do for young children on a regular basis, and numerous individuals volunteered to share their talents. What a wonderful community we have. The list is just too long to name each individually, but we thank you all for caring about kids.

The weeks events culminated on April 28 when a dynamic group of Homer citizens met to talk about families, parenting and young children. An exciting, positive conversation led to visioning an even better place for young children to grow up.

Again, many people helped make this Community Cafe a success: Thanks to the Christian Community Church and Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center for the space and child care providers. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of sandwiches donated Subway, beautiful salads and desserts by Two Sisters Bakery and coffee from Captains. Our facilitator, Charlie Johansen-Adams, helped us make the most of our time together.

Finally, Jenny Martin deserves a special big thank you for all the work she did.

The Week of the Young Child and community cafe were sponsored by Families First: A Best Beginnings Partnership which includes Sprouts Strengthening Families project.

There will be more opportunities in the near future to get involved in projects that make Homer the wonderful town that it is.

Remember to save the date: May 18 for the upcoming MAPP meeting where we will hear how those community working groups are progressing and help set the path for moving forward.

Lolita Brache and Bonnie Betley, co chairs

Families First