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Claymont Elementary students rode fire truck to school

Students from Claymont Elementary School rode a different big yellow vehicle to school last week -- with sirens blaring and lights flashing.  A few lucky kids rode to school in a fire truck along with paramedics and firefighters from the Metro West Fire Protection District.  The special ride was a reward for students that successfully completed a voluntary reading program called “Reading is HOT”.

The “Reading is HOT” concept was started by a fire department in Texas to promote literacy.  Claymont principal Aaron Wills approached the Metro West Fire Protection District to establish the program in his school. 

“Metro West Fire Protection District is extremely proud to be a part of this incredibly important program. Encouraging our children to enjoy reading is everyone’s job. As a child it certainly makes it easier to commit when you have a chance to do something fun as a result of your efforts. Metro West is an organization that believes that it is our responsibility to include ourselves in every aspect of public education, so this program is a natural fit” said Vincent T. Loyal, Chief, Fire and EMS Services of the Metro West Fire Protection District. 

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