Students receive visit from Smokey

JAN JARVIS - JJARVIS@SIERRASTAR.COM
Rivergold Elementary students
JAN JARVIS
Local students were visited by Smokey Bear recently.

Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold had a group of very special visitors when Smokey Bear and his team came to teach students about fire safety.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Madera County Fire Department and California Department of Forestry spoke with children about what to do during emergencies in general and fires in particular.
CDF fire captain Lisa Anderson demonstrated the “stop, drop and roll” procedure children should follow in case of a domicile fire.

She also talked to the youngsters about 911 and when to call it.

After the presentation, which was given to each class separately, students broke up into smaller groups and one of the team members answered their individual questions.

Finally, Smokey Bear, who is 60 this year, made an appearance, waiting while children came up to hug him and posing for pictures with them.
Teaching fire safety is nothing new in Mountain Area public schools.

This year, the teaching team includes Lisa Anderson, Vance Killian, Jody Stanners, Justin Wight, Kynan Stanners, Mike Van Lobsen Sels and Kyle Stanners from CDF; and Adam Torgrimson and Helen George from the Madera County Fire Department.