More than 24 students and parents from Educated As God's Living Example Home School Group visited Cardinal Joint Fire District Station One on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The students got a lesson in the daily life of a firefighter and the equipment they use to save others.
For EAGLE coordinator Laura McGuire, much of what the students were taught about fighting fires was something her family had witnessed first hand. Earlier this summer, her nine-year-old son Andrew was in the upstairs of their Canfield home when he saw smoke.
"He alerted us and we were able to call the fire department before the smoke detector went off," she said.
Trinity Bailey, 6, daughter of Christina and Lowell Bailey of Canfield, gets to sit in the Cardinal Joint Fire District’s rescue truck as firefighter Scott Schaffer gives her information on what it is like to respond to an emergency call.
Six fire trucks responded and extinguished the fire. Laura said they saved her home from burning to the ground.
"They were amazing," she said.
Following the house fire, Laura and her husband thought it would make for a nice field trip for the homeschooled students to see the operations of a fire department.
EAGLE covers Mahoning, Trumbull, Stark and Columbiana counties. It presently has almost 100 homeschooled students involved in the group, ranging in age from preschool to high school seniors. Laura said any parent in Ohio can chose to homeschool their children. As long as they have a high school diploma and can meet the testing requirements, they can school their children at home.
The students and their parents get together once a month and can plan field trips like last week's outing. Most of the homeschooled students are involved in activities in their church or in organizations like 4-H. It gets the kids involved outside the home-based classroom and keeps them in a social atmosphere.
"It is nice to get out of the house and see what the community has to offer," said Christina Bailey.