Show teaches importance of fire safety: River Mill Academy and Graham Fire Department team up for event

By Gabrielle Stanfield
Special to the Times-News


Members of River Mill Academy's theater class and the Graham Fire Department teamed up for a show about fire safety that was presented to River Mill Academy's elementary school students on Oct. 8. [Kayelee Glazebrook / Special to the Times-News

   GRAHAM — On Oct. 8, “Look, Listen and Learn” a play featuring a   fairy and a firefighter, was used to teach River Mill Academy elementary   school students about fire safety.
The show was presented by River Mill Academy’s theater class and the   Graham Fire Department also visited the school.
It taught students how to look for fire hazards; stop, drop and roll;     listen for the fire alarm and learn two ways out of a situation (for   example, if you can’t go through a door, go through a window).
In preparation for the performance, the fire department visited the     theater class and properly educated them on the importance of fire   safety.
Rae’a Tyson, a junior at River Mill Academy, played the lead role of a   fairy. The original lead actress, Deidre Durham, became ill. Tyson then   had to play the lead role, learning her lines that day. The Graham Fire   Department lent Kassi Brillhart, who was cast as a firefighter in the play,   a suit to wear for the event.
The theater class has been preparing and rehearsing for this play for     the last few weeks. The class designed the set and props.
   The fire department purchased pizza for the children of the theater class to congratulate them and celebrate.
This event connected the heroes of our city to the schools.

Gabrielle Stanfield is a junior at River Mill Academy.

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