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Henderson Fire Dept. using social media to teach about fire prevention

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Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 6:19 AM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Elementary students in Henderson have been getting in the groove of learning.

The Henderson Fire Department challenged students to “Sparky’s TikTok Challenge.”

Students at each of the elementary schools were sent educational fire prevention videos.

Firefighters say it started as a way to engage students during the pandemic while they couldn’t go into schools and teach themselves.

“We were not allowed to go into the schools,” firefighter Shawn Crabtree says. “I think we were in the same boat with a lot of other organizations where it’s tough to get the message out and the only way is digitally.”

“So we have a group of kids that are between kindergarten and second grade that have not heard the message for the fire department,” Crabtree continued. “So it’s really our opportunity and responsibility to get that message out whether it’s a pandemic or not, they still need that information,” said Shawn Crabtree with the Henderson Fire Department.

In the first year of the pandemic, organizers put out safety videos to help educate students. And then this year, they used a more engaging approach, asking students to create a TikTok.

During the video, there was a secret message students had to decode.

Then students had to send them doing their assigned video while also saying the secret code word.

Mrs. Molly and Ms. Whitney’s Kindergarten Class at South Heights Elementary School sent in their video for the competition.

“If they weren’t engaged, they wouldn’t have learned anything,” Mrs. Molly says.

For firefighters, this TikTok challenge being a temporary solution, as they hope to teach messages of fire safety in person again very soon.

Monday is the last day for the TikTok Challenge.

The fire department says they’ll pick a winner and will give out prizes.

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