MONTVILLE, NJ – Sometimes super heroes don’t wear a cape or tights. If you’ve ever had to dial 9-1-1, super heroes may have worn turnout gear, a badge, or maybe a stethoscope.
Montville Township Police Patrolman Scott McGowan presented on safety at Kids Connect preschool in Montville, explaining about when to call 9-1-1 for help and explaining to the kids about strangers, he told TAPinto Montville. He said he mentioned to director Jaclyn Carnazza that if they had a community helpers-themed week, he would ask firefighters and EMTs to come and show a fire truck and an ambulance to the kids.
Carnazza told TAPinto Montville that the preschool does themed weeks throughout the year, such as “under the sea,” “soaring skies,” and camping, so when super heroes week came up, she took up “Officer Scott” on his offer.
That week at the preschool, the kids did science experiments about heat energy, read books and learned sight words featuring super heroes, and even had a photo booth with their favorite heroes.
“The teachers get really creative and there’s always something fun going on,” Carnazza said.
The pre-k class made shields as an art project and the kids wore super hero costumes to school.
But probably the highlight of the week was when Montville Township’s own super heroes pulled up on Aug. 1 to show the kids that super heroes don’t just wear magic bracelets or a big letter “S.”
McGowan arrived to show the kids his police car; Montville firefighters Brielle Cook and Carol Dacosta showed the kids Engine 354; and Montville Township First Aid Squad EMTs Julie Ballentine, Alex Benno, Pete Greendyk and Harish Rajagopal showed the kids the ambulance.
The emergency services workers answered questions and let the kids climb in the vehicles.
“And of course they worked the sirens,” McGowan said. “It’s all about the sirens.”
“We wanted to teach the children that our local EMS volunteers are super heroes, too, for what they do for the community,” Carnazza said. “The volunteers’ visit made the kids’ day.”
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