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A Visit from the Firefighters of Station No. 6

April 26, 2012


By Brendan Copley, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Capitol Middle School

Back in December, my teammate Cherie Cancio and I started up an after school club called Cougar Corps, named after Capitol Middle School’s mascot.  The primary goal of the club is to provide students from all grades and of all abilities an opportunity to get some extra help on their homework.  Students meet us in our classroom right after the last bell of the day has rung, and unwind from a long day of school with a snack and some cold milk.  In case you were wondering, chocolate milk is a hot commodity, and runs out quickly.

Once the students “campfire” (City Year lingo for cleaning up after yourself when you leave an area), we start working on whatever homework the students have for about 45 minutes or so.  This is usually enough time for them to complete all the assignments due the next day.  However, Cougar Corps is not over at this point.  Apart from providing a productive environment where students can work on their school work, we wanted Cougar Corps to be a place where they can just, well, be kids.  Every afternoon of Cougar Corps features an engaging, educational enrichment activity.  Over the past few months, different enrichment activities have included: team builders, touch football, themed scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, wiffle ball, other games, and gardening in Capitol Middle’s very own community garden built in October of last year.

While sports are a popular favorite among the students, we’ve been wanting to diversify the kinds of enrichment activities we do with the kids. Kyrie Oliver, also serving at Capitol Middle, thought to contact the newly-constructed fire station across the street, and ask for a team of firefighters to come over and teach our students about what they do every day to protect the people of Baton Rouge.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, the firefighters arrived in the school parking lot.  They started off with introductions and a quick presentation on fire safety and the kinds of emergencies to which they respond (besides fires, of course), as well as a demonstration of how to put on their firefighting gear.  After a short question and answer session, our students explored the fire engine from top to bottom.  They posed for pictures wearing some of the firefighters’ gear, and climbed inside the cab of the truck.  A lucky few were given the privilege of blowing the engine’s horn, a privilege which they abused to no end.

Our students all had a blast, including Johnny* who, despite acting “too cool for school” at first and absolutely refusing to participate, eventually came around to posing with a firefighter’s helmet.  And I’d be completely lying if I didn’t say I learned quite a bit from our time with the crew from Station No. 6.  We really appreciate them for coming out and sharing their time with us, and especially for all the great work they do for our community!

*Name changed for privacy



One Comment leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 12:55 pm

    One of my buddies is a firefighter in Baton Rouge. They always out doing their part in the community.

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