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The Lake Cities Fire Department started its Fire Prevention Program in October of 2000. The program teaches fire safety, fire prevention, and Halloween safety to over 3,500 kids in Lake Cities area schools and daycare centers. To gauge the effectiveness of the curriculum, a poster contest is held for second graders and an essay contest for fifth graders.
Second grade students submitted posters where they illustrated what they have learned about fire prevention over the years. There were four winners from each campus: a grand prize winner and three runners-up. The runners-up each received a $25 Walmart gift card and the grand prize winners each won a $50 Walmart gift card, a ride to school on a fire truck, and a pizza party at the fire station. This year’s runners-up were Dowen Krygsman, Michelle Waboyo, Noel Perez, Bella Jenkins, Jayden Keefe, Ryeh McLoed, Emily Paige Fisher, Ruby Cribbs, Emerson Keene, Wyatt Shepard, Noah Thompson, Adam Bennett, Juilian Price, Maddox Somelzer, and Aydon McCollum. The grand prizes went to Zarena Lay, Ellie Miller, Madison Peterman, Fabian Pantoja, and Connelly Cunningham.
Fifth grade students wrote essays on what they have been taught about fire safety. The three runners-up from each school received a $25 Walmart gift card and the grand prize winner from each school won an iPad, coupons from local restaurants, and lunch with firefighters for their entire class. The runners-up in this year’s essay contest were Mikayla Pyle, Mailia Miles, Angelica Happily, Delaney Bordund, Jade Alaniz, Rian Bartley, Emma Dirks, Maddie Kaiser, Armaan Gill Tisdale, Riley Griffen, Olivia Burks, Anna Garza, Camben Cunningham, Stella Richey, and Shelby Paige Schultz. Grand prize recipients included Christian Hubbard, Summer Shaffer, Taylor Peterman, Noomi Kitamura, and Tatum Lopez.
“This program and its content have impacted countless lives, and it has been directly responsible for saving the lives of three children in our community,” stated Greg Ward, Fire Prevention Coordinator for the Lake Cities Fire Department. “Two children escaped a house fire in 2002 and a third child escaped an apartment fire in 2009. With the support of our community, City Council Members, and Mayors, the Lake Cities Fire Department looks forward to continuing and expanding this program in the years to come. We are committed to providing a quality fire safety program for all children in the Lake Cities area.”
Congratulations to all of the 2016 Fire Prevention Contest winners!