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Chapel Hill Students Collect Snacks For Volunteer Firefighters

East Texas children say "thank you" to those who help protect our community. This whole week, Watson Wise Elementary School collected drinks and snacks for the Chapel Hill Volunteer Fire Department. During a ceremony at the school cafeteria this afternoon, firefighters were presented with the goods.

As the volunteer firefighters took the stage, they were greeted with a loud applause from more than 500 students. "The community knows what we do and they know how hard we work," said Chapel Hill Volunteer firefighter Jeff Bowling.

The children brought water, soda, juice, popcorn, crackers and candy. The students also made posters to thank the volunteers for their hard work.

School nurse Alisa Graham decided to put the event together just last week and she says the response from children and their parents has been phenomenal. "I think it's good for kids to learn to say thank you. This is a good way for them to say thank you," said Graham.

During the session, the children had a chance to ask some "burning" questions. "How many people go to a fire?" asked a girl. First-grader Kaden Deck asked, "How many firemen ride on a fire truck?" Kaden paid close attention to the answer, "Three can ride in a small fire truck and five can ride in a big one."

The volunteer firemen say they were touched by the generosity of the community. "With the gas prices going up and all of the fires we have in the area, it takes a lot of money to run a volunteer fire department and it helps when other people dig in their pocket and help us out," said Bowling.

There are about 30 volunteer firefighters at the Chapel Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Since the beginning of the month, the department has responded to more than 60 fires.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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