Firehouse fun

Matheny student Mohammed Ayman Hosain and teaching assistant Glenn Wey.

Matheny School students made their annual visit to the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department, and this year school staff created a scavenger hunt with 13 questions relating to fire safety and prevention. “The students would identify key vocabulary answers,” explains Jim Hintenach, supervisor of elementary education, “and then locate the manipulative item in the firehouse.” Once the item was found, students would stamp a checklist, and when it was completed, they got a chance to spray the hose with volunteer firemen Ed Badger and Kevin Fagan.

The fire department visit is an example of how skills and behaviors learned in the classroom are practiced and used during interactive trips to various community resources.