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Ahtna Kanas Fall 2018

Team Effort Provides Books for Children’s Development Center

By Denise K. Yancey, AEI

Kids looking at books

Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC (AES) recently teamed with the Friends of the Library for the Anchorage Loussac Public Library to provide a donation to the Copper River Native Association’s (CRNA) Children Development Center (CDC) in Tazlina, Alaska. Denise K. Yancey, whom serves on the board for the Friends of Library and is an employee of AEI, was asked to search for opportunities to donate from the surplus of books that the Anchorage Public Library currently has at its Loussac Library location. Remote logistics is a part of Ahtna Engineering Services capabilities and this was a great opportunity to provide transportation to donate 250 books to the CRNA CDC. The CRNA CDC currently serves 45 children from the surrounding villages, ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 12 years old. The CRNA CDC’s youth program in age groups from elementary through high school, are donating 230 backpack giveaways to children that they serve. Ahtna shareholder Peter Ewan, AEI, provided coordination and AES/AI shareholder intern Rodney Lengele delivered the books from the Loussac Lirary in Anchorage to the CDC in Tazlina for the backpack giveaway, the development center, and youth program. Emily Million, the CDC Administrator, said, “The kids always love books.”

Denise Yancey, AEI and Rodney Lengele, AES/AI Intern load books for delivery.
Children at the CRNA Child Development Center look through the donated books.