Some people go on field trips. Other times, the trips come to them! In this season, it’s no surprise that half the school got to witness a full-blown fire engine screaming down the lane! Not to mention an ambulance! That’s right, folks, our lovely elementary schoolers, Pre-K to 4, were able to enjoy a riveting lesson about fire safety, without even having to leave the campus! Oh, sounds boring, you say? Common knowledge, you say? Tell that to the kids! When the FFD (Freeport Fire Department) came down, with the mysterious “Deputy Donnelly” leading the pack, those kids were way out of it! Honestly, with the number of questions they asked, you’d think they were planning to become mysterious deputies themselves! They got to participate in a number of activities, including events in which they learned about fire safety, the different tools on an engine (there are a lot of them!), and how the ambulance and stretchers work. They also watched one fireman put on about 65 pounds of gear (by his reckoning), and even got to put on some gear themselves! (Well, plastic fireman hats, but I suppose that’s adequate at their level.) And while it did rain on the 2-4 graders’ parade, they still got to enjoy the learning experience! It’s always good to know that even in plague season, fire safety remains a constant!
Jonathan Stansbury, Junior