Students enjoy fire and rescue display

Published 4:15 pm Saturday, June 26, 2021

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The S.P. Morton Elementary School’s resource team recently arranged for its pre-K through third-grade students to have an experience that was rare during the 2020-21, COVID-impacted school year — an in-person, show-and-tell learning opportunity. 

On June 1-3, City of Franklin Fire and Rescue visited the elementary school with some of its apparatus to show to the students, and firefighters described the equipment that they use in emergency situations.

“This is so nice because COVID has been rough,” S.P. Morton Principal Kris Gillgren said of the show-and-tell learning opportunity. “There haven’t been a lot of field trips, they haven’t had a lot of interaction in person, so this is desperately needed, and the kids are loving it.”

He noted that some of the school’s teachers, who would otherwise have been busy working with the students on a normal day, were also loving the Franklin Fire and Rescue event because it allowed them some free time to wrap up paperwork and get the year closed out.

“The fire department has been fantastic just to show up and provide this to the kids,” Gillgren said. “So we owe them a great debt of gratitude.”

After seeing and learning about the fire and rescue apparatus June 3, students were treated to a completely different display made possible by an after school club and the Franklin unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. Those groups built some small rockets that were launched into the air behind the school.