“Kids’ Day in Siouxland, Woodbine

24 Jun

I recently began exploring parts of southern Siouxland and driving about to get oriented and take time to walk some of these communities’ streets. During a stop in Woodbine one Friday afternoon I heard sirens sounding and thought, sadly, that somebody’s home or business was in danger as the fire department call is not always the best thing to here.

But this particular day the sirens repeated themselves in the proximity of the downtown area so I inquired if there was a special event or parade about to take place. An employee of the local  newspaper informed me that on Friday afternoons during the summer months the fire department gives local children a ride around the downtown in the fire trucks.

And walking a block over to the staging area where the trucks were parked, kids and parents were lining up to take part of a community event that maybe someday will instill  one or some of these youngsters to be involved in their local volunteer fire department. A job for many small communities that still depends on the support of its local citizenry.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

2 Responses to ““Kids’ Day in Siouxland, Woodbine”

  1. Becky June 24, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    This type of activity sounds like a good idea to me, encouraging and instilling the small town duties into their children’s lives.

  2. jerrymennenga June 26, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Becky, Yes, I too think it’s a good idea. At least the kids know not to be afraid when they hear the sirens and if they stay in their community, maybe think about a more active role.

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