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Winchester Elementary students ride fire truck to school

The Winchester Booster Club's annual Spring Carnival surpassed all anticipated expectations, organizers said, and the top ticket sellers received a ride to school in a Douglas County Fire District No. 2 ladder truck. (Photo courtesy Douglas County Fire District No. 2)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Winchester Booster Club's annual Spring Carnival surpassed all anticipated expectations, organizers said, and the top ticket sellers received a ride to school in a Douglas County Fire District No. 2 ladder truck.

The "Fire Truck Ride to School" along with several other incentive prizes provided by the Booster Club and other area businesses encouraged the students and their families to sell $10,097 in raffle tickets, organizers said.

"The booster club is very thankful to all the students and families who helped reach this new high mark, and are especially proud and pleased with the efforts made by the top sellers: Mia Stinson, Aspen Ottosen, Ralleigh Bashford, Taylor Gillam and Ellis Atterbury," organizers said. Other top sellers received a special shirt and a pizza party.

Lt. Mike Merlino and student FF Alex Kennedy picked up all five winners before school. The crew outfitted the kids with fire hats, badges, and other fire prevention material, and then headed to the Winchester Elementary School. As the fire truck pulled into the parking with lights and sirens blaring, the entire staff and student body was waiting outside to greet them.

The funds raised are used to enrich the educational experiences of the students and to provide support to teachers, staff, students and families to help foster a positive, safe and fun learning environment. For example, organizers said, they provide funds for field trips, school assemblies, classroom projects and parties, PE activities and equipment, as well as games and prizes for Family Game Night & Family Bingo Night.

The funds received from these events can also be set aside to build a fund for matching grants that they may apply for in the future.

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