Puppet show teaches UPK students fire safety


Fairgrieve Elementary Universal Pre-Kindergarten students received a little help from “Sesame Street” characters in reviewing fire safety.
 
Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster all made guest appearances to the school, along with their new friend Mr. Smoke Detector during a puppet show performance, thanks to members of the Fulton Fire Department. Firefighters Mike Tetro, Michelle Lacey and Nick Williams used the characters to teach Fairgrieve’s youngest students how to stop, drop and roll with a catchy song.
 
Tetro encouraged the UPK students to ask their parents about an escape plan and to practice that plan just as they do with fire drills in school. He referred to them as EDITH or Exit Drills In The Home. UPK student Maverick Skiliniskis even knew that windows were exit options. Elmo helped reinforce the importance of exit plans through another song.
 
The students were excited to play a game Tetro called Tool or Toy? When he showed items such as lighters, matches and screwdrivers, the students shouted “tools” but they knew action figurines and Matchbox cars were toys.
 
One of the most important safety tips came when Tetro told the students that if they see someone in a firefighter uniform and the person tells them to go with them, they should find a trusted adult to verify the information.
 
The fire department visit and puppet show, which coincided with the culmination of October as National Fire Prevention Month, ended with each UPK student receiving a sticker and a red, plastic firefighter helmet.

Oscar the Grouch shows Fairgrieve Elementary UPK students
how to stop, drop and roll during a recent puppet show
performance some members of the Fulton Fire Department
put on in honor of National Fire Prevention Month.