State Farm and Fire Department Team Up

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agent, Chris Schoelen are teaming up with the Suffield Fire Department to support fire prevention and safety education for young children.

Photo by Christine Schoelen
Ready with the Sparky Educator Kit are (left to right): Christian, Kelly, Greg, Chris and Colson.

State Farm agents are delivering Sparky Educator kits to hundreds of fire departments and school across the country, including Schools in the Suffield area. Each kit includes a Sparky stuffed animal, a large educator book, lesson plan and books to be distributed to children. The kit is designed to educate preschool through second grade students. Topics include the importance of smoke alarms, creating a home fire escape plan and more.

“These materials captured the attention of young audiences in a fun, but educational way,” said State Farm Agent, Chris Schoelen. “Many fires are preventable, and we wanted to ensure our local kids knew how to not only avoid starting fires, but what to do in case one does happen. With National Fire Prevention Week being October 8 – 14, this was the perfect time to raise awareness.”

Parents and educators looking for resources online can visit the NFPA Sparky site. This site offers educational videos, activities, games and more.

“At State Farm, our mission is to help build safer, stronger, better educated communities,” said Chris Schoelen. “By partnering with Suffield Fire Department, we are doing just that in Suffield, Connecticut.”

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