Battle Creek firefighters help elementary school students excel in reading

December 16, 2019

About 70 Battle Creek firefighters volunteered Wednesday to serve as Reading Buddies in area elementary schools.


On-duty Battle Creek firefighters volunteer to be reading buddies at local elementary schools on Wednesday. (Photo: WWMT)


Battle Creek Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant said the Adopt-a-School program started a few months ago. After speaking with Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Carter, he said they decided to break the program down into components, one being the Reading Buddies program. On-duty crews came into elementary schools to read with students for 20-30 minutes a day.


“The students actually work to increase their reading and comprehension skills. They actually work on their diction and vocabulary, and pronunciation skills,” he said.


The firefighters are also able to build relationships with the students and serve as positive role models.


“The firefighters love it. It gives them an opportunity to stay connected to the community that they love to serve," Sturdivant said.


He hopes the program will spread a fire safety message to the students, to ultimately, make the community more fire safe.


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