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Lessons beyond the classroom

Posted: September 10, 2009 10:46 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2009 12:59 p.m.

Students traced their handprints to create faces and designed firefighters to show how "handy" they are to have in our community.

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There's no better way to impart that Character Counts to students than to see respect, responsibility and citizenship demonstrated in the lives of everyday folk who give up life and limb to keep us safe.

The selfless, persevering spirit of our firefighters and their commitment to service made quite an impression on students during the recent wildfire.

Their dauntless courage, their incredible work ethic and respect for personal property and life offered our students visible examples of what a modern-day hero looks like.

Here are just a few of their letters:

Rachael, 6th grade, Sulphur Springs:
I sleep safely at night knowing that you are taking care of those explosive fires. Thanks for using your handy dandy hatchets to cut down brush and stop fires. You're cool and stay cool!

Chris, 8th grade (school not stated):
You fight fires and evacuate people rapidly, you think on your feet. You courageously tromp thu the foothills to put out fires. You're fearless in danger. You camp out in tents and sleep on the ground when you could be in the comfort of your home, but you save other's homes. You are my heroes and I appreciate you.

Victoria, 2nd grade, Sulphur Springs:
Sometimes I worry, but then I know you are good at your job and you won't quit until the job is done. I'm grateful for you.

Taylor and Thomas K., Stevenson Ranch Elementary:
It's really hot outside and we complain, but you're even hotter fighting those fires. You are good citizens and teach us to be responsible at our jobs. Thanks for climbing ladders, clearing brush, holding hoses of water and flying over homes with special chemicals to save houses. You're handy to have around in our community. You stomp out fires. Thanks.

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