4/3/2012 10:33:00 AM GC firefighters make learning about fire safety fun
Kaibab Learning Center's preschoolers get to know those who keep them safe
Photo Ben Salvail
Grand Canyon Fire Departmentís Vincent Tu and Roger Findley interact with Kaibab Learning Center preschoolers March 15 at the culmination of a three-week fire safety program.
Photo Ben Salvail
Visitor and Resource Protection Division employees present emergency supplies donation sdrive to the Kaibab Learning Center (KLC). The supplies will help KLC provide food and diapers, among other things, in the event of an emergency.
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Firefighters are our friends. That was the message to Kaibab Learning Center's (KLC) preschoolers over a three-week educational program in late February and early March.
"Apparently with very young children, when firefighters put on their uniforms and gear it can be very scary to them," KLC Director Jeanne Yost said. "The idea was to get them familiar with the people that would help them in an emergency and that they have a level of confidence."
Grand Canyon Fire Department Fire Captain Roger Findley and Vincent Ta taught the National Fire Administration's Sesame Street-based curriculum culminating in a certificate presentation on March 15, the last day of class. In conjunction with the event, the Visitor and Resource Protection Division presented their emergency supplies donation drive to the learning center.
"'Firefighter Roger' provided some materials on fire safety that we put in the conference room and they got to do some coloring activities and some crafts," Yost said, who worked alongside Findley constructing the curriculum. "He also brought in special firefighting equipment that the kids got to try and explore."
At the program's culmination, the Grand Canyon Emergency Services crew gave the KLC students the chance the trucks and explore the equipment. They also made a large donation of emergency supplies to KLC.
"We now have food in our pantry in case we did have to shelter in an emergency we would have food on hand," Yost said. "Sometimes, we get children in KLC who are in home emergencies. They may have been removed from their home and are with foster parents or are just not in a good situation. For short periods of time, we can now help provide food and diapers and things like that for those kids."
Yost said the learning center would love to make their learning relationship with the GC Fire Department and ongoing thing.
"It was really successful the kids really enjoyed and Roger was wonderful," she said.
KLC received the much-needed food donation last year, but this is the first time the GC Fire Department has offered a fire safety curriculum to their preschoolers.
The KLC is in the process of expanding their garden and, as part of their environmental education, are taking part in NPS's community compost project. Over the next few weeks, a community volunteer will visit the center to teach the students how to plant seems, create compost and how to recycle. KLC has an ongoing online fundraiser to supplement this project called "flower power."
Contributors can purchase bulbs and plants from www.flowerpower.com and 50 percent of the purchase goes to KLC.
For more information and program cost, contact KLC Director Jeanne Yost at (928) 638-6333.