“We have a lot of different community individuals here that bring their trucks and equipment, they bring ambulances, the fire department is here,” Principal Walter Gordon said.
“Our kindergarten teachers are the ones who organized this and invited the individuals to come.
“We’re trying to let the kindergarten students see what the individuals in the community do, what kind of occupations and that sort of thing, and that goes along with what they’re learning in the classroom. It’s sort of a hands-on thing where they get to climb in some of the vehicles and the individuals that run those vehicles talk with them about different occupations, different equipment and what it’s used for.”
Kindergarten teacher Sarah Emerson said the event is a great way to give students a better idea of the different services that exist within a community.
“We’ve been learning about community helpers and we like to close our unit by having a day where they actually get to meet the community members we’ve been reading about,” Emerson said. “They’ve been learning what community helpers do, that firefighters keep us safe, police keep us safe, things like that; who these people are and what they do in our community.”
CFD firefighter Rusty Gwin said he enjoyed being able to speak with the kindergarteners about what firefighters do as well as show off one of the city’s vehicles.
“One thing is we can keep them a lot safer if we can tell them some things not to do, so it keeps them out of trouble and out of danger,” Gwin said. “I really get a lot out of it. I love coming out here and answering the questions the kids have ... and they have some pretty entertaining questions.”
As students lined up in awe to view the large vehicles, the professions and equipment explained by the community members drew various reactions. One of the community service members, Casey Bohn of Metro Septic, provided a demonstration on how his equipment works and how the business steps in when a home is having septic tank issues.
Emerson said the presentation was one of the most popular of the day.
“I thought it was yucky,” kindergartener Nickolas Calvin said, smiling.