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Students from Serrano CTE Fire Program Help Shovel Snow During State of Emergency

PHOTO: Leandra Moreno-Prince

Serrano CTE Fire students help remove snow for an updated school bus route in front of the Wrightwood Community Building

The Serrano High School CTE Fire Program received honorable recognition for their hard work during last month’s winter storm. Several students enrolled in the fire program volunteered to clear snow from school campuses, parks, roads, and residents’ driveways in Wrightwood. The Serrano High School’s CTE (Career Technical Education) Fire program teaches students the technical skills and training needed for a career in Firefighting. The classes offered at Serrano also allow students to receive college credit that can be applied to courses at VVC while working towards a Fire Technology Certification.

Students definitely gained valuable experience, even during the Snowline Districts designated snow day closures. Over the course of two days, Serrano students helped remove snow for an updated school bus route that transported kids in front of the Wrightwood Community Building as opposed to their regular bus route along Hwy 2. They also assisted in shoveling snow at Wrightwood Elementary and the Veteran’s Memorial park and even worked with San Bernardino County Fire to help locate and clear fire hydrants around Wrightwood. The students provided much-needed help to the elderly community by also shoveling several driveways for senior citizens and helping dig out cars.

Serrano CTE Fire instructor, Adam Chacon, has been teaching the program for the past 11 years and mentioned he’d been in contact with Fire Station 14 in Wrightwood since the beginning of the storm. “We always make ourselves available for help during fires. But this is the first time being involved with something like this,” said Chacon.

A dozen students from the Serrano CTE Fire program that helped shovel snow during the March snow storm. (Photo: Snowline Joint Unified School District)

Snowline’s Superintendent, Dr. Holman, invited students from the CTE Fire Program to attend the most recent School Board Meeting on March 14th in order to be recognized for their contributions during the State of Emergency after a short presentation with pictures of the students providing aid in Wrightwood, other members of the board also expressed their appreciation towards the team. School Board President Marcus Hernandez thanked the students by saying, “Whether you wear the uniform or not, a first responder is from the heart and from the care of the community. You guys exemplify that. So thank you very much for all of your work.”

Also, check out the video that Snowline Joint Unified School District released with even more pictures from the winter storm.

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