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EAST GREENWICH - National Fire Prevention Week became a family event last week at Stork's Nest Child Academy when Smokey the Bear came to visit preschool classes.
But Smokey, with help from R.I. Department of Environmental Management Senior Forest Ranger David Palumbo, was keeping a little secret from most of the children present.
Nathan Arnold, 5, one of the pupils at the 2260 South County Trail preschool, was among the students who watched a DVD on fire prevention, heard Palumbo's talk on what they can do to prevent forest fires, and greeting the 60-plus-year-old icon of fire awareness with high fives.
For more on the story, check out the October 20 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum