Put out that fire! Watch out, because Smokey the Bear was last seen in the Minford Elementary gymnasium and you never know where he might show up next.
Smokey was last seen with the Minford Volunteer Fire Department and the Minford Elementary school students, in the gymnasium, where the Minford Elementary students held their annual fire prevention poster assembly, on Friday, October 13, 2017. The parents and families were also present for the assembly.
The students from grades K-3 scurried down the hall, because today was the day that they were having their fire prevention poster winners announced. Unknown to them, Smokey the Bear was going to visit them today. After all the little ones had taken their seats on the floor, Mr. McGraw, their principal announced that the Minford Volunteer Fire Department was going to announce and give out the ribbons.
Mr. Jason Kester, a volunteer fireman began announcing the kindergarten winners. Each winner was to go up front and receive their ribbon and then return to their seats. Following the kindergarten winners by class, came time to introduce the first grade winners, by their class. But…before that happened, Smokey the Bear appeared and began presenting the kids with their ribbons and getting his picture taken with each winner.
This process continued with Kester announcing the winners and Smokey giving the ribbons and getting a photo, until all the students in the second and third grade that won, had been called. Two cute young ladies, stood up together with their ribbons for winning in the Second Grade, they were Claire Byrd and Kerigan Davis. Both little girls, were all smiles because they had won a ribbon. Then, Mr. McGraw thanked all the parents and other who came and then he asked the students to prepare to line up and leave with their classroom teachers.
Third graders, Taylor Cron and Brody McGuire, were standing in the firemen cutouts in the elementary hallway and this is what they had to say about getting ribbons during the the fire prevention assembly. They both in unison said, “it was fun!” Then McGuire said that he had a hard time coming up with a good poster, he said he tried two other ones and then on the last try, he did the one he got a ribbon for that day.
They both said that their favorite part of the day was getting their names called as winners. McGuire again spoke up and said, ” I felt like I was in Hollywood.”
This assembly has been going on for as long as the Art Teacher, Tina Winebrenner, has been at Minford, (32 years) and before. Mrs. Winebrenner first has her art classes grades K-3 watch the Fire safety movie put out by State Farm, which is a good movie according to her.
“Then, the students usually draw them for about two weeks and some of them may need a third week. There are students that may struggle in the classroom, but this is their outlet to get to come and do creative things,” said Winebrenner.
Once all the kids have finished their creations the posters, Mrs. Winebrenner has judges that vote for the first, second, and third place winners per class. The judges do not know who the students are, because the names are on the back of the posters. Then, after the posters are judged, I call all of the parents of the winners and then it is a surprise for the kids until we revel the winners at the assembly. She says that she then calls the Minford Fire Department with the names of the winners, and they buy the ribbons and put the names on them. Then, on the day of the assembly, they come and pass them out to all the winners.
As the assembly came to a close, you could still hear some of the kids repeating that old familiar phrase, “Stop, drop, and roll,” that the Minford Firefighters reminded them of during their time at Minford.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928
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