Firefighters serve up pancakes and kindness

Local firefighters taught students the value in serving their community through acts of kindness and goodwill.

The morning of May 8, at Holy Name Church Annex, the Pembroke Professional Fire Fighters Association cooked and served a free pancake breakfast to all students and staff of Holy Name Catholic School.

“We reached out to Holy Name to ask them if they’d like us to come and cook a nice breakfast for the kids in the morning,” said Darrell Andrews, president of the Pembroke Professional Firefighters Association. “It’ll be almost five years that we’ve been doing this for schools in Pembroke and we all love it. It’s a nice way to give back to the community and it allows us to mingle with the kids and teachers who we sometimes meet on tours at our fire hall.”

The 130 students – ranging from junior kindergarten to Grade 7 – came with full appetites as they were treated to a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausages, orange juice and smoothies.

Along with feeding their hunger, the youth nourished their hearts and minds with a valuable lesson about kindness and servitude.

Holy Name teacher Chantelle Spence expressed that the firefighters’ act of generosity perfectly coincided with Catholic Education Week and helped to teach the students about the value in selflessly giving back to their community.

“We speak about firefighters about other community helpers very often in school, so it’s nice for the students to see them in action and giving back,” said Spence. “It’s also a great start to Day 2 of Catholic Education Week and hopefully this will inspire the students to give back and help others in their community.”


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