Soldotna Babysitters Recognized Nationally

Where were you during the 5.9 magnitude quake which rocked the peninsula last December? Mother of five Marcia Knowlton remembers clearly: she was outside in the garage unpacking while her children played inside…

 

Knowlton: “Everything started shaking and when I realized what was happening, there was a loud boom, so I thought the kids were jumping and running the play room up above the garage, but I had no way to talk to them, because there’s no way to get in, except to go all the way outside and back into the house.”

 

Marcia said she ran inside to see if the kids were okay, and found that 13-year-old Samuel and 11-year-old Madeline were playing with the younger children while bracing themselves under or near stable furniture. Jacob (age 6), Katee (age 4), and Joel (age 2) thought it was all a game…

 

Jacob: “It was my first time being in an earthquake.

Katee: “The glass was shaking. Madee said to go under the table.”

 

Sammy and Madee have been honored for their level-headed response by the Safe Sitter program, where they learned their emergency response skills…

 

Samuel: “And I remembered in the class, they said, if you can’t get to a table or under a doorway, get yourself up against a couch, and I saw the coffee table there as well, so I’m like, ‘Jake, let’s get on the floor, and let’s just have fun.'”

 

Madee said she’s used the skills she learned both at home and during babysitting jobs…

 

Madeline: “Well, they taught us simple things like how to change a diaper and what to do if a child is throwing a temper tantrum, and then from that stuff to CPR.”

 

Marcia has now joined the Safe Sitter instructors at Central Peninsula Hospital, where classes run every few months during school breaks. The next will be held on November 25-26 and January 2-3.

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