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PCC and King Career Center Collaborate to Bring ‘Smiles For A Child’

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For the past five years staff at Palmer Correctional Center and the Public Safety and Security Staff at King Career Center have worked together to provide new, wrapped gifts to the children of incarcerated parents at PCC. The program is called Smiles for a Child.  Until December 20th, the students at King Career Center will be gathering donated toys through drop-boxes at the following locations in Anchorage: King Career Center (2650 East Northern Lights), Anchorage School District Administration Building (5530 East Northern Lights), Gensco Inc. (501 East 100th Ave.), Strands Salon (885 West Fireweed Lane), Allen & Petersen Cooking & Appliance (3002 Seward Highway), Back in Motion Chiropractic (4341 B Street) and VIBE Salon in Eagle River and Alaska Equine and Vet Center in Chugiak. If you’re in or near Palmer, you can drop off your donation at the Training Academy or you can email Teena Calkin at KCC at calkin_teena@asdk12.org and she will arrange to pick the toy up. Incarcerated parents at PCC can arrange for a toy to be delivered to their children through the program, said Assistant Superintendent Earl Houser, who coordinates the effort at PCC. However if an incarcerated parent has visiting privileges with his son or daughter, there is a special visitation on the December 20th where the gifts can be delivered in person. Last year close to 175 presents were donated, wrapped and delivered.