Cincinnati fire recruits donate supplies, uniforms to students at Hays Porter Elementary in West End

CINCINNATI – Firefighters give everything they have to protect the people in the communities where they work. 

But on Friday the city of Cincinnati’s newest fire recruits took that commitment a bit further by donating school supplies to local students.

Each of the 51 members of the Cincinnati Fire Department’s 113th Fire Recruit Class visited Hays Porter Elementary School in the West End from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The future firefighters spent time with the students and supplied them with new uniforms. They also provided the school with new supplies and educational tools that they collected from several local corporations.

Fire recruits serve ice cream to students.

"Cincinnati Fire Recruit Class 113 will provide resources to the third-grade students who need to pass a state reading test later this year" said Brittani Ristau, one of the recruits who will graduate in November. "We want to continue to be positive role models to all of the children in our community."

Last fall, nearly all third graders in Ohio were required to take a state reading test and score a 392 or higher to advance to fourth grade. Those who scored lower were required to pass the test last spring or they risked being held back.

It's part of Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee program , which goes into full force during the 2014 school year.

While promoting education is important, Friday's get-together wasn't all about work. 

Students at the school on Cutter Street will also got to hang out with the future firefighters and snack on delicious treats during an ice cream social. Don't worry, moms, it took place after the kids have lunch.

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