Celebrating “The Week of the Child,” First Five Shasta and Bright Futures hosted a wonderful “Lunch with Community Helpers” at the Intermountain Community Center in Burney beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.
Children and their parents had an opportunity to meet representatives from the Burney Fire Protection District, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, Burney Ambulance, Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the US Forest Service.
The program was fun and educational. Each agency gave a brief explanation of the work that they do in terms that the young children could enjoy and understand.
Two firemen, one from the Burney District and one from CalFire, showed the children how they put on their fire gear and then interacted with the children.
Smokey the Bear made a special appearance for the Forest Service and got lots of hugs from the children.
After the indoor presentations, the children went outside where the officers explained to them their equipment and vehicles.
The kids had a lot of fun learning how to operate the fire hose.
They also had an opportunity to meet and pet the well-trained police dog brought by the Sheriff’s Department.
Afterwards, everyone went inside to enjoy a delicious lunch including barbecued hamburgers, baked beans, pasta salad, and cake in the senior nutrition center.
The “Lunch with Community Helpers” event was organized and emceed by Bright Futures Family Advocate Shaylene Herndon.
Tri County Community Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Programs and services at the Intermountain Community Center include pre-school and school age day care, parenting support programs, housing and employment services, financial literacy classes, support for people with mental illness, weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, senior nutrition programs, dance classes, DUI diversion classes, and a Sunday worship service by Calvary Chapel Burney Falls. For more information about Tri County Community Network programs and services call 530-335-4600.