On December 22nd, 1991, a house fire in Little Falls took the lives of the six McLeod children. In its wake, the Coalition has initiated several projects designed to help educate elementary school children about the ABC's of fire prevention. Among the projects are the following:
~ Door-to-door canvassing of homes in valley communities by HCCC students over a three year period. Each residence was provided with fire safety information and, if needed, a smoke detector. Residents were also reminded to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis along with drawing and practicing an exit plan.
~ By means of an ornament sale memorializing the McCleod children, money was raised to purchase Sparky the fire robot. Subsequently Sparky was used to educate thousands of children throughout the county regarding fire safety. Sparky remains available to any schools interested in having him regale students with his unique presentation.
~ The Coalition created a Half and Half Fire Prevention coloring book which has been distributed over the past decade to schools throughout the county. Most recently, along with the coloring book, it has conducted Half and Half contests at the same schools. Coloring books are available upon request.
~ We will continue to find ways to educate area youngsters about fire safety in the belief that by doing so, the McCleod tragedy will never happen again.