By Molly Kuhn
You are a child again, the lights are turned off, and a figure comes crawling through the door with a mask on, breathing heavily and yelling words you don’t quite understand. The children of Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class had no idea what was in store for them when they entered the classroom on Thursday, January 10th.
Each week the high school students who take the semester long course, Day Care, votes on a theme and teaches lessons concerning the theme to the children. Safety was the lesson for that week. Who would be able to demonstrate a safety lesson better more efficiently than a real live fireman?
Volunteer Deputy Chief, Tim Mooney, and other volunteer firefighters from Red Lion Fire Department, visited Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class to teach them different lessons and scenarios about what to do in case of an emergency or fire.
“I wasn’t scared of him because I know they help people,” preschooler Danielle Caudweller said after her encounter with the firefighters crawling through her classroom.
One of the lessons he taught was “stop, drop, and roll”. He picked a child from the class to help demonstrate, while Tim gave specific instructions on how to do it correctly.
Teaching the children to not be afraid of firefighters was Tim’s ultimate goal. “They get scared and hide,” Tim said.
Tim and his team of firefighters went around to Red Lion schools to teach the children the same lessons during October, which was Fire Prevention month. When Tim first received the call asking to come teach his lesson to the pre-school kids in Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class, he was happy to accept.
Senior Gabby Dorer, who takes Day Care class, was able to set up this lesson by having connections with her dad who is also a firefighter.
“[The children’s] smiles make your bad mood turn completely around,” Gabby said.
“The kids are so funny,” juniors Elizabeth Matheis and Courtney McBride said when asked what it was like to see the kids through their experience.