Ocean Springs News

Magnolia Park Elementary School Students Tour City Departments

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November 4th, 2011 | For details and information concerning this release, please contact Claudette Johnson at (228) 875-4236.

Ocean Springs, MS – Aspiring leaders of tomorrow from Magnolia Park Elementary School were given access to local government departments during their tour last month.  The eager second-graders got an up close look at the most fascinating parts of City Hall, Fire Department, Police Department, the Ocean Springs Municipal Library and the Little Children’s Park.  You may wonder what City Hall has to offer that can captivate 7- and 8-year olds, the Board Room.  There is something about those big chairs and a microphone that can make even the youngest of us want to change the world.

After City Hall the little Magnolias were delighted to see Ocean Springs’ Firefighter Justin Burt and Sparky, the Fire Department mascot.  Lieutenant Bruce Cox also talked with children and their chaperones about fire safety at home, how to escape during a fire and the importance of having a plan. Lt Cox wrapped up his time with the young visitors by giving them a guided tour of Engine One as he described its features.  Then Officers Leonard Ordonez, Will Collier and Stephanie Ramirez from the Police Department explained to the children that they should never be afraid to call the police for help, how to stay safe and not break the law.  The officers finished with the flashing lights and horns while letting the excited kids climb in and out of the traffic enforcement car.  

At the city library the children browsed through the children’s books and the librarians discussed upcoming events and activities.  The tour ended with a trip to a place that’s just for them, The Little Children’s Park and whatever energy the second-graders had left was put to good use on the playground.  The City of Ocean Springs has something for everyone to discover.