Sanibel Christian preschoolers receive a visit from Sanibel Fire and Rescue to learn about community helpers.
Sanibel Christian preschoolers receive a visit from Sanibel Fire and Rescue to learn about community helpers.
During the past several weeks, Sanibel Christian Preschool students had memorable visits from people who help our communities and learned how they do their jobs. They even met a dog who lends a paw.

The first visitor was Parish Nurse Linda Convertine. She told the students what nurses do and what her specific job entails. She also talked about ways to stay healthy and showed some of the tools she uses to check people's health.

Loki, the therapy dog who belongs to Preschool Director Ana Abella, was the next visitor. He was a big hit with the children, who learned how dogs can also be community helpers.

On Oct. 17, firefighters from the Sanibel Fire Department stopped by the preschool. They talked about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire.

"They showed us their big fire truck and allowed us to pretend to be fire fighters," says Abella. "They helped us spray water with the hose."

A member of the Sanibel Police Department was on hand at the same time and showed this children his car and let them hear the siren.

Abella is grateful to all who demonstrated and talked about their work. She says, "We are thankful for the work they do on our island and appreciate their love and enthusiasm for educating the smallest members of our community."

Sanibel Christian Preschool is an outreach of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. For more information, call the church office at 239-472-0497.