The children attending Puddle Jumpers Developmental Learning Center (a downtown daycare under Catholic Community Services) recently took a wonderful field trip to the Capital City Fire and Rescue downtown Juneau station. What a fantastic experience for our youngsters. What a treat. We would all like to express our sincere appreciation, thanks, and amazement to the fire station crew - all for this most wonderful chance to further educate ourselves as both teachers and students alike. The crew at the fire station was instrumental in creating a lasting impression that our young people won't soon forget. And for that, we all thank you.
The kids have been reminding me every day of how they learned to "Stop, Drop, and Roll." And of how the "firefighter in the funny suit" let them practice crawling under a "cloud of smoke." And of how firefighter Travis dressed in full firefighter gear and explained how someone might look who was coming to help us in a fire. The kids soon learned that the scary-looking firefighter gear was there to help them.
We absolutely loved all of it. And we teachers learned a thing or two as well - we don't get this sort of real-life demonstration in our certification classes. But perhaps more importantly, our trip to the fire station thoroughly engaged the children, who took away unique and potentially life-saving lessons. And while the big red fire trucks with the flashing lights might be the first things they remember, your efforts helped our kids learn more about fire safety and emergency preparedness. We thank the men and women of Capital City Fire and Rescue for graciously giving of their time and expertise. You made our day.
Deborah Brown, Director
Puddle Jumpers Developmental Learning Center
Catholic Community Services