The marshall for the Urbana Fire Department is very well known to our school community. He comes to the school several times a year to present different mini-workshops on fire, storm, and tornado safety and also conducts annual fire drills. Fireman Phil, as he is known, is great with the students and always finds a way to get a laugh, even when talking about very scary things.
We had a special assembly today with Phil because our building had the fastest exit time of any of the schools in Urbana during the spring fire drills he conducted. Our entire building, students and staff, cleared the building in just one minute and forty-seven seconds! By way of comparison, it sometimes takes my class three to five minutes to transition from the carpet on one side of my room to the door on the other. (Starting Monday, though, I am going to use the 1:47 as our benchmark score, pointing out that if we can line up and exit the building in such as short time then surely we can line up and exit the room in that time, too!)
Because of our awesome accomplishment, Fireman Phil invited a special guest to come down from Bloomington: Captain Mac and his ventriloquist puppets! The students were treated to a 45-minute puppet show featuring Dusty the Dragon, a talking smoke alarm, and Tucker the Turtle. It was entertaining and informative at the same time. Phil also sang a song for the students about “stop, drop, and roll” when your clothes catch on fire. I wish I had had the presence of mind to record it and then ask him for permission to post it. If the songs I have used with my class are any indicator, Wiley students are going to be humming Phil’s song for weeks to come!
The special assembly was a great way to wrap up the first quarter! Students, families, and staff are all invited to return to the building this evening for a PTA Family Movie Night and then we will have a wonderful weekend to rest before we kick off the second quarter come Monday. It was a great day, has been a great quarter, and I can only imagine the amazing things that will be accomplished in fourth grade and in Wiley in the second quarter of the year!