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Wellsboro Head Start Children Receive Treats


Nora Demusz, a Customer Service Representative at First Citizens Community Bank once again organized a “Fill the Pumpkins!” drive during the month of October to benefit the Wellsboro Head Start class. Plastic pumpkins were placed throughout the bank and customers were encouraged to donate art supplies. The class was then invited to visit the bank to see what had been collected.

Because the children’s visit coincided with Fire Safety Week, The Office Manager, Deb Cram and Nora also arranged for the Wellsboro Fire Department to bring a truck to the bank for the children. They were encouraged to sit inside and learn all about the equipment firefighter’s use.

Another important aspect of the visit was to give the children the opportunity to see a firefighter wearing all of his gear and to hear him talk while wearing his breathing mask. This was just another way for the children to feel comfortable interacting with firefighters instead of being afraid of them. Often children are afraid of a firefighter’s appearance because they look and sound so different. “Our goal is for the children to experience this in a safe setting,” said Wellsboro Head Start Teacher Kelly Shaffer. “We want them to know what to expect if they ever encounter a firefighter during a dangerous situation.”

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. would like to thank Nora and Deb for organizing such a wonderful community event. And also the Wellsboro firefighters for supporting the children and families about fire safety.

Photo Caption:       Bradford-Tioga Head Start Wellsboro class children, pose in front of a Wellsboro Fire Department truck with (from left to right): Darren Heck (Firefighter/EMT), Deb Cram (Office Manage of First Citizens Community Bank), Nora Demusz (Customer Service Representative of First Citizens Community Bank), and Jordan Frost (Firefighter).