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HARVARD – The Harvard Fire Department is proud to announce the winners of the13th annual Fire and Life Safety contest of 2011. Thank you to everyone who participated. You all did a great job!

Kindergarten – Jack Stahl

1st grade – Cecilia Juliano

2nd grade – Kirsten Bergen

3rd grade – Ethan Taylor

4th grade – Ellie Reiter

5th grade – Colin Murphy

Class Trophy – Mrs. Lisa Hopkins, 1st Grade

Fire Prevention Week lasts a month in Harvard. The Hildreth Elementary School students receive education from the firefighters on fire and life safety, building on previous lessons. Education continues all year long, in the schools and the community.

2011 is the 13th year of the Fire and Life Safety Contest at the Elementary School. One winner from each grade (Kindergarten through 5th grade) and one teacher get a fire truck ride and breakfast with the firefighters. A trophy is awarded to a whole class for Achievement in Fire and Life Safety Education.

The homework/contest is for students to do with their families. In this way, the student brings the lesson home to teach their entire family. This year the contest entree is to make a poster or write a story about how you could “Protect Your Family from Fire”. Some examples are; Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Practice your home escape plan, or Teach your family how to stop drop and roll.

On November 21st after 7 am, winners are picked up at their house on a fire truck and driven around town. Afterwards, we will head to the Fire Station to have a pancake breakfast with the Firefighters and then a last ride on the truck to school. Winner’s families can join us for breakfast at 8 am at the Station.

Eight years ago, the class trophy for Achievement in Fire and Life Safety Education was added to the program. The trophy winner is randomly picked from the classes that had full participation in the contest. The teacher’s name, year and grade level is engraved on it, and the class keeps it for a year before passing it onto the next winners. The trophy will hold 48 years of history!

We at the Harvard Fire Department are proud of all the students and continue to focus much attention on Fire and Life Safety Education.

Thank you for your interest,

Firefighter Oona Aldrich, S.A.F.E. Coordinator

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