Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Washougal Firefighters Partner with Schools to Promote Literacy

A partnership between Washougal School District and the Washougal Fire Department will benefit young readers as part of a summer literacy event. Through the School's Out Washington program, Washougal firefighters will visit Hathaway Elementary on July 15 at 1:00 p.m. to read to students who are participating in the Feed Your Brain summer program.

"We are thrilled that the firefighters are able to partner with us in this activity," said Rebecca Miner, Associate Superintendent for Washougal School District. "Students will have a chance to showcase their reading skills in an engaging way and will be excited to meet firefighters and learn about how they use reading in their career."

The Feed Your Brain summer program offers a series of literacy activities for Washougal students in grades K-3. Activities include computer lab time, reading and writing skill development, reader's theater, an author's tea and more.

"The Feed Your Brain Program, Read To Your Firefighter, is a great opportunity for the firefighters to connect with students in the community," said Fire Chief Ron Schumacher. "Washougal Fire Department is honored that they were asked to help with the program. We hope that by reading to the students, it may 'spark' an interest in reading. Being able to read is not only important to be successful in school but in the future as well. If they want to be future firefighters they must be able to read."

Feed Your Brain runs 4 days per week for 6 weeks, Mondays - Thursdays - noon to 2 p.m., June 28 through Thursday, August 5.

For more information on the Feed Your Brain summer program, visit:

Read an article in the Columbian newspaper about this program: