The students at Immaculate Conception had the opportunity to participate in two different assembly programs on Wednesday.
The younger students in grades K, 1, and 2 had the chance to see the Firefighter Phil program which taught them the proper steps to follow in the case of a fire. Lessons like “stop, drop, cover, and roll” and “get out and stay out” were combined with magic, a puppet show and comedy to make the message fun and memorable. Fire Chief Kent Johnson was on hand to help answer questions about fire safety. The children were given the homework assignment of going home and checking with Mom and Dad as to the location of an emergency meeting spot and the changing of smoke detector batteries.
The older kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 were treated to the Officer Phil program which taught the lesson to saying no to drugs and other illegal substances. The positive message of liking yourself, knowing your own talents and goals, and surrounding yourself with people that will help you reach those goals was emphasized. The students played a comical game that tested their knowledge of facts concerning drugs and alcohol as the puppet Cosmo assisted in the question asking. The ultimate lesson to be gained was that no one is responsible for their decisions other than themselves and they must find the key that unlocks their future. Children were encouraged to go home and talk with their parents about the effects drugs and alcohol and the path they will follow to accomplish the goals they have set. The Firefighter Phil and Officer Phil programs are provided through the Port Clinton police and fire departments.