These Beverly-Center Elementary students' posters were chosen as winners in the Beverly Fire Department's annual fire safety poster contest: First Grade Ross Schultheis and Matthew Tullius; Second Grade Kelson McCurdy and Cassidy Starkey; Third Grade Ariane Pollock and Bella Schilling. The students and their parents received breakfast at the fire department's pancake breakfast on October 15 and were recognized at an awards ceremony that afternoon.
As part of the school's observance of Fire Safety Week, the fire department visited the school October 12 to provide fire safety education. Volunteer fire fighters Sam Brooker and Brain Jarvis led students on a 'tour' of their fire engine, showing students the tools needed to fight different types of fires. Students had the opportunity to climb into the truck and try out the seats. The favorite, activity, as always, was getting the opportunity to spray the fire hose.
Fire fighter Josh Kasun stressed the importance of calling 911 in an emergency situation. He then put on all of the gear a fire fighter would wear to fight an actual fire, explaining the purpose of each piece of equipment. Giving students the idea of how a real fire fighter would look and sound, he then crawled through the rows of students. "Remember", Kasun said, "in a fire, the firefighter would be on the floor, not up walking around!"
Students also viewed a video about fire safety. The video reminded students to respect fire because fire is a tool, not a toy. All fires start small and even the smallest match can burn down a house.
MARCHING CADETS MARCH TO ANOTHER WIN
Fort Frye's Marching Cadets were awarded first place in Class C at Marietta's Band-o-Rama on October 6. The twenty-four member group also brought home first place honors for best percussion and best auxiliary in Class C. Placing second in Class C were the Federal Hocking Marching Lancers and the Waterford "Wildcat Pride" band placing third. Also competing in Class C were Caldwell's Redskins Marching Band and the Marching Raiders of River Valley.
Other bands competing at Band-o-Rama were: Class B West Muskingum and Philo High Schools and Class A Warren Local, New Philadelphia, and Meigs Local with Marietta performing in exhibition.
The Marching Cadets are under the direction of Casey Mercer. Auxiliary instructor is Tina Bohl.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.