Thursday, September 28, 2023
HomeThe 907Nikiski Hardware, schools partner for reading aloud to children in a hardware...

Nikiski Hardware, schools partner for reading aloud to children in a hardware store

Nikiski Hardware Store, which is something of a community center in the small Kenai Peninsula town, has partnered with the Kenai School District to bring the joy of reading to children — inside the spacious hardware store.

The event is Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 am at the hardware store, which has a coffee shop area within. Colby Way, a well-loved teacher at North Star Elementary School, will be reading books aloud.

- Advertisement -

The hardware store and the school district have had a partnership for about a year, and Mr. Way has appeared several times to read aloud to children.

Watch Colby Way read “Two Bad Ants” by Chris Van Allsburg in this prior event at Nikiski Hardware Store at this Facebook link.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Good for them. Read to kids anywhere, any place and anytime and you will develop a kid that is well-rounded, intelligent and anxious to explore new things. This we’ll start a cascade of lifelong learning.

  2. Make reading social agian. The more children and people seeing books read, the more comfortable people will be around print and books. While some parents are choosing to read woke culture topic books to their children don’t forget we have a right to incorporate bible based content books introducing the biblical characters and parables to children. As much as a child is interested in Superhero characters. The same children may find the Stories of Moses, David and Saul, Samson, Esther, Elijah, and Jonah fascinating while Some little girls may immediately see Ruth as a princess love story the woman who started out poor and finished well better than how the story started.

  3. how long it would take to turn Alaska’s downward trajectory upward? One generation.
    That is all!!! The answer to improving Alaska is so easy to turn Alaska around from the dysfunctional patterned behavior plaguing our communities. The solution is staring us in the face. You know the phrase ‘he had a good thing in front of him and didn’t even know it!’ That is Alaska! If parents and children’s caregivers can humble themselves bringing themselves to their knees with the initiative they will allow themselves to change at the feet of Jesus how they will respond, react, and interact with children under five and continuing the healthier pattern (not perfectly just being consistent making the efforts and modeling it) through that child’s life. The younger child should grow up better than their own parent when love was modeled through the hard changes the parents undertook in their own life to raise a better thinking and better acting child.

  4. There are many compelling and stark reasons to be ashamed and appalled by the K-12 education system in Alaska, and very few reasons to be proud and pleased. This is clearly one of the latter.

  5. The left does not want your children reading as pop culture, music and entertainment are much more efficient brainwashers.

Comments are closed.

Most Popular