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Garfield Preschoolers Meet First Reponders

A firefighter in the making? Assistant Engineer Nick Kopacz showed school children how to properly extinguish a fire. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
The school children got to check out the fire truck Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Sgt. John Lesica showed the school children his police vehicle and handed out coloring books Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Schoolchildren from James A. Garfield Childhood Learning Center watch a demonstration by the DPW Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Garfield DPW workers showed school children how they pick up grass Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

GARFIELD, N.J.– Teachers at the James A. Garfield Childhood Learning Center are helping mold future citizens – and superheroes.

Preschool students and teachers, some of whom dressed in superhero outfits or attire, met some of the city's first responders and Department of Public Works employees for Community Helper Day on Thursday.

The children learned about the roles and functions of the police and fire departments, and ambulance corps while also celebrating Week of the Young Child , Master Teacher Dara Smith told Daily Voice.

"We are celebrating creating everyday superheroes [and] the importance of early childhood education to create our future citizens," Smith said.

DPW workers showed kids how they pick up leaves and grass. Members of the fire department let children shoot water from a hose.

Sgt. John Lesica handed out coloring books.

The students also explored and sat inside the fire department's Engine 5, a Garfield police vehicle and an ambulance.

"The community awareness is very important. It allows us to explain what we do," said Chris Hogan, the supervisor of BLS Services.

Bringing awareness and exposing the children to a possible future career "is something we definitely promote," he added.

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