Summer of Learning kicks off at Vucurevich Childcare Center

Children at the Vucurevich Childcare Center receive a tour of a fire truck brought to the center by members of the Vermillion Fire Department as the center kicks off its summer activities. Each class had an opportunity to see all the special equipment inside and around both the fire truck and ambulance. (Submitted photo)

Children at the Vucurevich Childcare Center receive a tour of a fire truck brought to the center by members of the Vermillion Fire Department as the center kicks off its summer activities. Each class had an opportunity to see all the special equipment inside and around both the fire truck and ambulance. (Submitted photo)

In an effort to provide exceptional learning opportunities for the children at the Vucurevich Childcare Center, summer activities focusing on community involvement have been scheduled to provide real-world, hands-on involvement targeting service, science, fine arts and community.

Invitations for local organizations and businesses to demonstrate their professions to the children have been fielded with a spectacular response of the type of community involvement South Dakota is known for.

A week dedicated as “Salute to Service” was used to kick-off the summer activities. In commemoration of Memorial Day, a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard showed the children how to salute and how to stay Army Strong with push-ups, sit-ups, and running. Representatives from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and Vermillion Police Department came to talk to the children about safety and the importance of calling 9-1-1. One of the children was delighted to share, “You only call 9-1-1 when there is an emergency. You don’t call 9-1-1 if you break the top off your toothpaste; that’s not an emergency.” The peace officers gave each of the children an opportunity to jump inside each of their patrol vehicles and see how lights change from blue to red.

The week was concluded with a visit from the Vermillion Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who came to share about their friend Archibald, the fire detector, and his special skill to smell when he sleeps. The children were fully engaged with the special, protective clothes firefighters wear when they respond to a fire. Each class had an opportunity to see all the special equipment inside and around both the fire truck and ambulance. If the children’s reaction to the sirens and lights as they said goodbye to their new found friends is any indication for how the summer will turn out, it will certainly be one to scream and cheer for.

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