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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – COVID-19 prevented Childress Elementary School students from riding in firetrucks, but it didn’t stop them from learning about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.
Elementary students celebrated Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 through Oct. 10. Childress Fire Department firefighters presented fire safety programs to the students using the theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen, said Principal Janet Word.
“We are so fortunate that these firemen take this week to educate our students so they will be safe and know what to do if a fire happens in their house,” Word said.
Childress Fire Department firefighters Lane Thomas and Christopher LaCario presented the programs. Thomas said they showed the students what firefighters look like in uniform so kids will not run away from them during a fire.
The fire safety programs also included fire safety in the kitchen. For example, Thomas said they shared why people should not put water on grease fires.
“We explained to them that the water would make the fire grow instead of putting it out,” Thomas said. “If it’s a pot, put a lid on it. If you don’t have a lid to put on it, use a Class K fire extinguisher.”
Thomas, who has been a firefighter for six years, said they explained what to and what not to touch if it’s hot and how they should plan a place to meet with their parents in case of fire. They also told students do not go back for their toys.
“All of the kids have a better idea of what to do in case of a fire,” Thomas said.
During the week, students also made posters using the Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen theme. The firemen chose the 2020 Fire Prevention Poster winners and treated them to pizza.
Aeryn Murdock won the fifth-grade contest and Melody Holmes came in second. Kendalynn Wheeler placed first in the fourth-grade contest, Taylor Garcia placed second and Madison Pettigrew came in third.
Libby Sanford won the third-grade contest, Alex Salazar placed second and Alison Florez took home third. Rylie Coles won the second-grade contest and Miranda Henry came in second.
Berkley Lepe won the first-grade contest, Cheyenne Proffitt came in second and Emery Liz came in third. Macy Heckathorn won the kindergarten contest, Ximena Gonzales placed second and Kenyan Cambell came in third. Remi Thomas won the pre-kindergarten contest.
“Because of COVID-19, Fire Prevention Week looked a little different this year,” Word said. “The students were not able to take their yearly fire truck rides and are looking forward to being able to ride the firetruck next year.”