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Firefighters Visit With Kindergarten Classes

Lauren Efird's kindergarten students pose in front of the fire truck when firefighters come to visit.

The kindergarten team at East Elementary School knows that students learn best when they are deeply engaged. Bringing in real world examples help students connect what they are learning to their lives. So when the kindergartners began their unit about communities, Rebecca Reiher, one of the kindergarten teachers, decided to call the fire department and invite some community helpers in to talk with the students about how they meet the needs of people in this community.

On Friday, September 6th, the fire fighters from Monroe Fire Station Number 2 came to visit. Their talk began in the school auditorium where students learned how fire fighters keep everyone safe and were able to see many of the tools they use to do their job. They watched as a fire fighter put on all of his gear and explained what each piece was for. The chief shared many fire safety tips with the students, including how and why to call 911, what to do if you see a fire, and how to have a fire drill at home.

Then the kindergarteners went to see a fire truck out in the parking lot. Students were able to hear a call from dispatch through the radio as they viewed the fire engine. One kindergartener, Armando Renteria said, “The fire engine was awesome. I was pretending to be a fire man.” Students were even able to walk through a ladder truck to “walk in the shoes” of a fire fighter. Kindergarten teacher Lauren Efird was grateful to the firefighters for spending time with her class. “Thank you to the Monroe Fire Department for visiting!” she said. “Our students learned all about how you help the community and what tools you need to accomplish the job.”

Written by: Lauren Efird, Kindergarten Teacher
Posted: Sep 26, 2013 by Lisa Moniz

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