The Asheville Firefighters for Literacy program soon recognizes winners!

Press release from the Asheville Fire Department:

The Asheville Firefighters Association (Local 332) along with the Asheville Fire Department have teamed up once again to hold the Asheville Firefighters for Literacy program! Firefighters conduct read-aloud sessions with students at Estes Elementary while encouraging students to be more interested in reading and to set and reach literacy goals. Teachers help to tally the number of books read by each student and those who read the most will get to ride to school like a true Literacy Superhero by riding in an Asheville fire truck scheduled for May 20th. Students will meet at Asheville Fire Department’s station #5 located at 1074 Hendersonville Road at 7:30 A.M.

Once the winners arrive at the school, a glow stick dance party will be held with other students who excelled this year in the program. “Kids love firefighters and firefighters love kids,” says John Ellis, who has been with AFD since 2008. “This will be so fun for everyone involved, the kids will see how great it is to read and hopefully continue that for the rest of their lives.”

Asheville Firefighters for Literacy helps to create strong partnerships between Asheville firefighters and local schools and sets strong examples encouraging kids to read and hopefully setting them up for success.

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