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Thank You First Responders

By
Kathy Beezley,   Rogers Middle School
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A Hero's Breakfast
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Thank You First Responders

Yesterday Fuel Up to Play students, their families, staff and administrators took breakfast to our First Responders to let them know we appreciate everything they do. Instead of “sleeping in” on a Sunday, we met at school at 7:45 AM to take food to our local police precinct and fire station. We are so lucky to live in a community that is close and caring. We asked our nutrition manager to donate fruit, staff made breakfast egg casseroles and the coffee and bagels came from a local restaurant. The County Police Officer in charge took us through the station to the back where the officers met us. The kids then gave them cards and posters that our entire school had prepared for them. We then proceeded (like a parade of vehicles) to the local fire station. The Captain there sat with us and told stories and explained how students should proceed in the case of emergency and having to call 911. It was during this explanation that the call came through at 8:46 AM. The call  asked for a moment of silence for those civilians and first responders who were killed at the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. It was an emotional two minutes for those of us who remember. For our students, it was history as I realized none of them were born before 2003. The Captain then took us to see the fire truck and ladder, which we were not expecting. Students were able to have pictures taken in the pumper, on the ladder and with the firefighters. Even though it was a somber day, it was a great success in that students were able to give back to those who risk their lives for us every day.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I asked students to come on a Sunday at 7:45 AM and if you know middle schoolers, you understand that they like to sleep. They emailed me and each other to make sure that they knew when and where to meet on Sunday and asked their parents to get them there. I asked our principal to make a request to teachers to have all students write a thank you note, video, poster, something to remind them of our thanks. Teachers offered to make casseroles, and the nutrition manage gave fruit when she found out.