The Firefighters from South Park Station 26, read “Firefighting A to Z”. The firefighters used this book to promote a fire safety message to the children. Firefighter Leonardo Castaneda read to the children while Firefighter Roy Hurley demonstrated the firefighting gear to the kids.
The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department are partnering with the Seattle Public Library for a summer reading program aimed at increasing literacy, and raising awareness of home fire safety and school safety.
Now firefighters are joining with the Seattle Police Department and Mayor Mike McGinn’s efforts to motivate community members to read to children. As part of the Mayor’s Youth and Families Initiative, the City is engaging volunteers in assisting early readers meet grade level expectations and improve proficiency on the Washington State Reading Exam.
Seattle Police Community Outreach officers read from “How Do Dinosaurs Got to School”, a book that shows kids in a fun way how to how to be safe in the classroom.
On September 24, 2010, Mayor Mike McGinn launched Seattle’s Citywide Service Plan which included volunteer initiatives focused on mentoring and improving third-grade literacy rates.
The parents who participated in today’s book reading event called it “an awesome experience.”