At our recent Summer Superstars campaign kick off event, Lieutenant Patty Lui was a most welcoming host, going above and beyond the call of duty to make the second graders from Lakeshore Elementary feel welcome at San Francisco Fire Station 19. Lui and her team provided education and inspiring information about reading, writing, and fire safety.
“Reading and writing helped me study for my test to become a firefighter,” explained Firefighter Patty, as the kids started calling her.
“Reading helps us read firefighting books so we know the procedures and can work collaboratively with other firehouses when there are big emergencies,” shared Firefigher Peter Gross, who also treated kids to a visit from Angus, the search and rescue dog. In demonstration, Angus “found” a child who hid in one of the lockers, pretending to be trapped in a fire!
Firefighter Don Barrick donned full gear and crawled along the ground with an oxygen mask, illustrating what it might look like if a firefighter were to enter one’s home during a fire.
Firefighters Anna Rensi, Laverne Maliga, and Ed Marsullo added to the amazing tour with the opening of a HUGE rescue ladder, a thrilling slide down a fire pole. Firefighter Patty read When I Grow Up I Want To Be…a Firefighter! and then asked questions of the attentive audience. Those who raised their hands first and correctly answered the questions, won books, book bags, and bookmarks from Wigu Publishing.
The children also learned about Summer Superstars: Reading and Writing Makes Kids Shine, and headed back to school inspired to read, write, and dream about a career in firefighting all summer long.
Don’t forget to sign up for Summer Superstars summer reading program to be eligible for the $1,000 donation to your school or library of choice!