James Place Visits Community Helpers

The curriculum and theme for the classrooms this summer have been Community Helpers.  The teachers have been putting an emphasis and focus on the types of people that help in the community.  This paved the way for the children to have field trips to both the Fire Station and the Police Station to learn more about have firefighters and policemen and their jobs.  On July 15th, with the help of many parent volunteers, the toddler and preschool classrooms made a trip to the Bellingham Fire Dept. Fire Station on Broadway.  Once there, the firefigthers gave a tour of their facility, displaying their work attire and fire suits.  The children were able to see where the firefighters live and learn about the types of work they do.  The children were even given a chance to sit in the drivers seat of the fire engines!  Needless to say, everyone that went had a blast.

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On August 8th, James Place had another field trip; this time, to the Bellingham Police Station.  Once there, we were graciously greeted by Office Courtney, a specialist in community speaking and outreach.  He talked to us about his job and the importance of police officers and how they serve the community.  He showed the children his equipment and then gave us a small tour of the Police Department facility.  He even showed the children photographs of the different dogs in the K-9 Unit.  Office Courtney ended off the tour in the gated parking lot where he showed us the police cars.  He even put on the siren for us to hear.  The children also had the chance to sit inside the police car as well.  It was another fun, successful and valuable learning experience for those that attended.  So, a big thanks to both the Bellingham Police and Fire Deparments for their help and patience on our visits. 

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