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Fire Drill at Camanche Middle School

by on February 23, 2011


Here we are walking in the hallway of Camanche Middle School. The town of Camanche sits along the western bank of the Mississippi River. The drive north from Le Claire was quite pleasant — spotted one eagle and lots of geese.

The Presidential Troupe has performed for Camanche 5th graders several times in the past 12 years. This year’s visit had a surprise in the form of a fire drill, but the Troupe was undaunted as Benjamin Franklin ushered us out of the school.

History Anecdote: After a visit to Boston, Ben Franklin brought back ideas of improved fire fighting based on their methods. Franklin incorporated the Company in 1736. They were staffed by volunteers who nonetheless were specialists with hooks and axes and other tools. He had monthly business/social meetings where new ideas were discussed. The organization proved to be very effective. The size of the company was limited. If a man wanted to join he was denied but encouraged to start other companies. Franklin kept contact with the men even until he returned from Paris in the 1780s.

Next week the Presidential Troupe heads northeast to Seton Catholic School in Peosta, IA


Claire February 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Who better to march the kids out than Benjamin Franklin! What a lovely blog post.

Joyce March 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

It is so good to see that my old friends are still stepping out of the history books to help teach our next generation. Wish I could be there with you. I miss you all! Sincerely, Margaret Taylor (AKA Joyce)

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