Firefighter creates children’s activity guide, menu

By Mark Rountree
Leavenworth Times – April 29, 2015

Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh was honored by Mayor Lisa Weakley on Monday as the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter.

Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh was honored by Mayor Lisa Weakley on Monday as the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter.

While sitting in a restaurant with his 3-year-old son, Leavenworth firefighter Clinton Marsh had an idea.
In an effort to teach fire safety to children, Marsh designed a children’s menu and activity guide about safe fire practices that children could use while at restaurants.
The menu includes meal choices specific to each restaurant as well as a word scramble, a word search, a maze and a fill-in-the-blank section in which children can answer fire safety questions.
“It’s a good opportunity to educate the kids,” Marsh said. “And it’s a good chance to have that open dialogue between the kid and the parent about fire safety.”
Marsh said the activity guides and menus are in approximately nine local restaurants, and about nine more restaurants will be getting the material soon.
Each participating restaurant receives 100 activity guides initially. Marsh said some of the restaurants already need to be resupplied.
“The hope is that this will open up a dialogue about emergency prevention and mitigation with their guardian,” wrote Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke in a letter to local restaurants. “We see the local children in their schools, but there is no way to know that the information is taken home.”
Marsh’s community outreach was one of the reasons he was named the city of Leavenworth Employee of the Quarter. Mayor Lisa Weakley issued a certificate of recognition to the firefighter on Monday.
Leavenworth Paper Supply donated crayons that can be used along with the activity guides.
Marsh said fire department secretary Cary Collins has also worked hard on the project.
He said additional restaurants are welcome to participate.



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