Saturday, October 24, 2009
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Recently I was invited by President H.W. Bush (the 41st) to attend the Points of Light Presidential Forum on Service with him and President Barack Obama at Texas A&M University and today was the big day! This celebration celebrated the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Points of Light Award.
Johnson County RFD #1’s Fire Safety Team was awarded the Points of Light Award by President George H.W. Bush on June 8, 2006. Each year, Johnson County RFD #1 firefighters and Fire Corps donate over 6,000 hours to the department's fire safety program.
Before the event started, I had the honor of sharing with everyone in attendance the story of Johnson County RFD #1's Fire Safety Team (comprised of firefighters and Fire Corps members) and the efforts to keep everyone fire safe.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to share our experience with everyone present so that they would know what a tangible difference that not only firefighters, but also Fire Corps volunteers, can make in a community.
Kari Wood, a former director of RFD #1 Fire Corps and now program coordinator for the national Fire Corps office, attended the ceremony on behalf of the RFD #1’s Fire Corps. We were indeed honored to be recognized by not only President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush again but this time by President Obama. Not only were the Bush's there with the President, but past A&M President Secretary of Defense Gates and Senator Sam Dunn - among many other dignitaries. We were honored when we were asked to stand and be recognized with the other Points of Light Award winners. Here is some great info on the event: http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/64655067.html
Monday, October 12, 2009
Received this very nice note from Mrs. Futia, a first grade teacher who attended one of my presentations at the New York State Public Educator's Conference, "Hi Dayna, I attended your presentations at the NYS Public Educators' Conference in the spring. Just wanted you to know how much we are all enjoying your videos! I shared your website & Sprout links with the other kindergarten & grade one teachers. My students are Sparkles fans! Our best to you and the dogs. Keep up the good work!"
Elisa Futia, Edward J Arthur Elementary - Athens NY, Elsmere Fire Aux & Selkirk Fire Aux - Bethlehem, NY.
If you get a chance, check out Ms. Futia's really nice website for her students and their families HERE.
Thank you for your nice note Ms. Futia! You and your class at Edward J. Arthur Elementary are our newest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Good luck to our good friends, Kevin and Chica from the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout! Firefighter Dayna and I hope you have fun this week sharing the fire safety message. Learning about fire safety is so much fun!
To learn more about this exciting project, click HERE!
On October 14th and 15th, Children's Author Show Radio will broadcast an interview about our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Click on the link, then find the Children's Author Show link. Hear all about Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and how the book came to be!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
To learn more about this exciting week, visit HERE!
Thanks to the good folks at Sprout, a picture of Sparkles, Spanner and I appeared on a jumbotron in Times Square! Sprout has been very pro-active in helping share the fire safety message, and the dogs and I are so very grateful to have partnered with them on this important project!
And, even more good news! The photo also appeared on a jumbtron in Las Vegas!
Learn more about the Sprout fire safety project HERE.
Thank you Sprout for all that you do to help Sparkles, Spanner, and me and all of the firefighters out there to help keep children fire safe!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wow! Sparkles and I are so excited! One of our favorite things to do is to partner with organizations to work together to help spread the fire safety message.
Thanks to the good folks at The Old Schoolhouse, they helped spread the fire safety message to all of their readers! And, the best part is that they having a super cool contest! What is really nice, is that you can pay tribute to that special firefighter in your life.
A special thank you to kidsfirefighter.com for sharing information on the Sprout® fire safety tip project next week! Dave and Mathew are always very helpful and Sparkles and I have made them the latest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions! Thanks for helping us keep children fire safe guys!
If you would like to help us spread the fire safety message by adding our fire safety sites to your webpage and /or blogs, please let us know! Maybe you can be the next Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion!