Two lucky Pawhuska elementary students had the experience of a lifetime Monday when they got to tour the Pawhuska Fire Station, learn the workings of a real fire truck and ride to school in a real fire truck.
With sirens blaring and lights flashing. Kindergartner Haze Porter and second grader Mary Jane Porter were escorted to the front of their Indian Camp School. Much to their surprise, they were greeted with cheers and admiration by dozens of classmates, many of whom wanted to know how they could get a ride in a real fire truck.
This adventure was made possible by the generosity of Gary and Rene Weyl who had the winning bid on an auction item held at the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce’s recent annual gala. The prize was a ride to school in a Pawhuska fire truck.
"This was the first year for this to happen at our school," said Principal Beverly Moore. "To add to the fun, the school purchased special tee-shirts that said, ‘I rode a fire truck to school.’ Fire Chief Gip Allen gave them a red firefighter’s hat."
Moore explained that the school wanted to do something special for the youngsters whose home was destroyed earlier this year by fire.
"We hope it becomes an annual event," said Moore. "Pawhuska parents or grandparents may want to consider bidding on this special package at next year’s Chamber Gala."
The popularity of Monday’s fire truck ride is sure to be a topic of conversation among many elementary school households.