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Marion Schools Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

Post Date:10/24/2016 8:48 AM

Fire Prevention Week was October 9-15, 2016. This year’s theme was “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!”  The theme reminds us that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced after 10 years.  This is when manufacturers of the detectors recommend them being replaced.  Sadly, there have been fatal fires where they had smoke detectors that were more than 10 years old and failed to operate despite having fresh batteries in them. Take a few minutes to check your smoke detectors and replace them if they are more than 10 years old. The date is on the back side of the smoke detector so you have to take the smoke detector off of the base to look at the date.  If there is no date listed, then it needs to be replaced because it is likely 16-20 years old.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Marion Fire Department visited approximately 475 kindergarten students and 535 first graders to teach them about fire safety and let them see the fire engine.

All of the third graders in Marion which includes St. Joseph Catholic School and the Marion Independent and Linn-Mar Community School Districts participate in a fire safety poster contest in September in preparation for Fire Prevention Week.  Roughly 615 third graders throughout the community draw a poster as part of the process of learning about fire safety.  Each teacher picks one winner from their classroom and then the Marion Fire Department judges the 26 posters from each classroom. The best poster from each school is selected and so is the overall best poster in the city of Marion - which is a tough decision.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Marion Fire Department returns to the third grade classrooms to announce the poster contest winners, teach them about fire safety, and swear each of them in as junior firefighters. Every student who completed the homework to learn about fire safety and did the poster contest receives a Junior Firefighter badge and card.

Congratulations to Delaney Shindelar (pictured), a student at Francis Marion Intermediate School, whose poster was selected as the best in the City.  Delaney received a trophy and certificate and the school received a plaque with Delaney’s name on it to be displayed at the school. 

And congratulations to all of the third graders who worked hard on their posters and learned about the importance of fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. Please keep your family safe by checking the date on your smoke detector and changing the batteries at least once a year!

Fire Safety Poster Contest Winners – 2016


  • Reese Peddicord  -  Best in School
  • Noah Shook
  • Anna Schlesinger

Echo Hill

  • Katelyn Wallrichs – Best in the school
  • Kaleb Backen
  • Claire Nuehring
  • Dylan Harp


  • Delaney Shindelar – Best in School & Best in the City
  • Renae Patterson
  • Logan Couch
  • Aubrey Symonds
  • Braelin Wieseler
  • Alivayn Brashaw 
  • Raelynn Fairley

St. Joseph

  • Lauren Adair – Best in school


  • Makayla Foht – Best in the school
  • Izzy Telisak
  • Megan Smiley
  • Joshua Wolfe

Linn Grove

  • Autumn Zaehringer – Best in the school
  • Harper Seaton
  • Brady Barry
Indian Creek
  • Audrey Hoobler –  Best in the school
  • Daniel Lorenz
  • Kendall Tersinar
  • Molly Genskow
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