News, Springfield

FUN AND FIRE PREVENTION

JEN BLUE/THE CHRONICLE

As most school kids were tucked away in classroom in the morning hours of October 8, approximately 160 students convened for a fieldtrip to learn about fire safety. State Farm Insurance of Springfield invited students from For His Glory, a community of home school families, to celebrate National Fire Protection Month.
(Right) Twin Rivers church hosted the event, with children showing up in pajamas and rain slickers at 8 a.m. to hear a fireman speak to them about fire prevention. This year’s slogan for Fire Prevention Week was also explained to the group – ”Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice and Escape.”
(Bottom) After the presentation, Smokey the Bear and State Farm’s Good Neighbor Bear escorted the giggly crowd outside for a group photo. (Below) Hallie Holland, 3, of Springfield, sneaks in a long hug with Smokey.
In efforts to give back to the community, the students made and presented blankets to the fire department to be distributed within the community. State Farm Agent Corkey Gourley thanked the children for their contribution and assured them that the blankets would reach those in need.
(Middle right) All smiles and camaraderie, the group filed back into the church for a buffet of sweet treats and fun.