In celebration of Read Across America Week, firefighters from the Asheville Fire Department went to Charles C. Bell Elementary on Wednesday, March 2. They read to kindergarten, first, and second-grade students. This opportunity helps the students see our everyday heroes in a different light.
“Students had the chance to see local community members supporting their school,” said Title I Reading Specialist Mrs. Emily Truluck. “The firefighters shared their love for reading, which was wonderful to see. Students also learned more about firefighters, and how they serve the Asheville community.”
Principal Danny Fusco was glad to have the firefighters visit the school and bring excitement to the classroom.
“As principal I absolutely love bringing in representatives as role models from the community,” said Mr. Fusco. “Read Across America week teaches students to have a relationship with reading. They come to understand the enjoyment, and love of reading through experiencing reading from school community role models.”
This opportunity allows students to see what they can grow up to become. They also learn that you’re never too old to get lost in a great book.
“It was wonderful to have small groups of students interact with the firefighters,” said Mrs. Truluck. “It really personalized the experience for each student. The [students] were able to see them as ‘readers’ and experience their love for reading.”