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W-F teacher promotes fire safety

Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin provides grant

A Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School teacher received a $500 grant that will be used to help promote fire safety.

Jenna Zeutzius teaches health and social studies and successfully applied for and received the funds from the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation’s Alliance for Fire Safety.

Mike Wos, who is a member of the foundation’s board of directors, presented the check to Zeutzius on Wednesday, March 16, in the middle school library.

Joining Wos in the presentation were Paul Buchholz and Greg Stelter.

All three are professional firefighters in the city of Oshkosh. Buchholz also serves on Weyauwega’s volunteer fire department.

Zeutzius plans to use the grant to purchase small cameras, which will in turn be used to record commercials about fire safety.

She hopes the commercials will then be projected on the school’s televisions, which show the daily announcements.

With six classes of sixth through eighth graders in attendance for the presentation, Zeutzius says she want to start working on the project as soon as the cameras arrive.

“Next fall, it will be part of the full health curriculum,” she said.

Stelter said he likes what Zeutzius plans to purchase with the grant, saying, “It will help them be creative in the process.”

The alliance awards grants annually, and Wos told the students the theme for next fall’s Fire Prevention Week is “Escape Planning.”

The firefighter association’s charitable organization provides a camp for children who were burned in fires and works with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel to publish a Newspaper in Education section each year about fire safety.

The program results in the section going out to fourth through seventh graders throughout the state.

Also translated in Hmong and Spanish, the section’s publication coincides with Fire Prevention Week.

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