Firefighters from the Barren Hill Fire Company recently visited one of Colonial’s summer programs. They taught the children fire safety, gave them an up-close look at equipment — and helped them develop their literacy skills. 

“My favorite part of the firemen coming was seeing the gear,” said Josephine, a rising second grader.

In addition to welcoming the firefighters for an assembly, the children read a variety of books about fire companies and also wrote thank you notes to the visitors. The students shared what they enjoyed and new things they learned in their writing.

“My favorite part was when we went through the fire truck,” wrote Dylan. “I learned firefighters crawl in a fire.” 

Colonial’s Summer Literacy Blast gives elementary children who were recommended for the program a chance to get extra practice and instruction in reading and writing.

Firefighter puts on gear for room of students sitting on the floor