Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai

Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai

Carrying on a two decade old tradition Becky Dwinell of Cook Inlet Academy (CIA), fondly known by students and parents alike as “Miss Becky,” had her pre-school through 6th graders out caroling last week at various locations in Kenai, including a joyful performance at the Kenai Senior Center. “I don’t know if the smiles or the sparkles in their eyes were bigger in the seniors or the children. Caroling is going out into the community to share the joy of the season and this is where many of our seniors live,” Miss Becky told the Dispatch. “We had about 40 of our students and a bunch of parents and adult helpers to make this happen. We’ve been doing this for so long now I think what I like the best every year is seeing the smiles on everybody’s faces and the children learning that this is a season of giving and yes this year we have children of the children that I first took out caroling some twenty years ago,” she said. Going right up to the seniors and pointing and singing “We wish YOU a Merry Christmas,” was followed by the seniors singing and pointing right back “We wish YOU a Merry Christmas too!”

Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai
Keeping a 20-year-old tradition Cook Inlet Academy students go caroling in Kenai

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