The Edmond Sun

November 8, 2013

Edmond students get double reward

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — A hard-working group of Edmond elementary students received a double reward: A ride on a fire truck and some free ice cream.

Jennifer Lawrence, the proud parent of Jackson, 9, a Chisholm Elementary fourth grader, said she was part of a silent auction with proceeds supporting the school, and needed a creative way to get members of the school’s community together.

Involving the Edmond Fire Department was a way to show that the organization influences the community in ways beyond fighting fires, Lawrence said.

“We’ve raised a lot of money for the school and the Fire Department was incredible,” she said. “They did a fantastic job.”

The students were given a tour of several types of firefighting vehicles which gave them rides to an Edmond Baskin Robbins for the ice cream. Edmond Fire Lt. Todd Gabbert said community service means giving something back to citizens who do so much to support the organization. It also is a chance to show youngsters what they do in a non-emergency setting, Gabbert said.

The Edmond Fire Department’s fire prevention and fire safety programs help meet the needs of the community through efforts including safety presentations, fire drills in public schools, station tours and child car seat installation events.