Donations have poured in for Saturday's celebration of the life of 10-year-old Skyler Lee Kim, who died Monday morning after being struck by a pickup on his way to school.
"All the food and the videotaping was donated," Arlene Crumrine, Kim's maternal grandmother, said Wednesday. Even the program printed for the event is being donated.
The service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at Glacier Valley Elementary School, 3400 Tongass Blvd., Principal Ted Wilson said.
"We're calling it a celebration service," he said.
"At the end we're going to pass out bubbles," Crumrine said. For the service, a friend donated 42 cases of soap-bubble bottles so that on the way out people can cast them to the wind with their thoughts of Kim.
She said the family wanted a celebration of Kim's life rather than a funeral service. Kim, son of Christine Judson and John Hutson, lived within two blocks of the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive, where he was hit while riding his bicycle.
Wilson said people are being asked to bring food as well as flowers. Standing room will be available in addition to bleacher seating. Hallway speakers will be set up so that people will be able to hear the event if more people show up than the gym can handle.
Capital City Fire and Rescue Chaplain Sam Dalin is scheduled to officiate, Wilson said. There will be time for people to offer remembrances of Kim. Songs that held special meanings for the boy and his family will be sung.
The service is open to the entire community, Wilson said, adding that Kim was friends with people beyond the school's neighborhood.
"It's been hard for a number of people," he said, adding that Kim had attended Harborview Elementary School before coming to Glacier Valley.
Wilson said that because parking in front of the elementary schools is so limited, he will ask people to park near the school's playground and ballfields. The rear entrance to the school will be open to shorten the long walk.
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In Wednesday's Empire, an article overstated the cost of Skyler Lee Kim's cremation. The correct cost of a basic cremation is about $2,200. The Empire staff sincerely regrets the error and any difficulties it may have caused.
The story correctly reported that the boy's family is looking for community help with the unexpected expense. A fund at First National Bank has been set up in the name of Skyler Kim and his maternal grandmother, Arlene Crumrine.
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