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Smokey Bear to visit Delaware schools for Fire Prevention Month

Department of Agriculture | Forest Service | Date Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015



Smokey Bear visits Delaware schools for fire prevention month
Smokey Bear is once again teaming up with Ashley Peebles and the Delaware Forest Service to visit elementary schools in the First State to spread the word about fire safety and prevention.

(DOVER) – To honor October as “National Fire Prevention Month,” Smokey Bear will visit Delaware schools to teach children that “only you can prevent wildfires.” Nationwide fire data continue to show that human activity causes the largest number of forest fires, which is why Smokey teaches children at a very early age that they should never play with fire or use matches. During a typical Smokey Bear program sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), first-graders learn about how trees provide natural benefits such as oxygen, shade, wood products and wildlife habitat. Then, students learn about how harmful a fire can be to the forest. After discussing how a fire can get started, students watch a brief video about how children playing in the woods discover a box of matches that tempts them to start a campfire. When the “real” Smokey finally appears on the scene, the children are asked to make a solemn pledge to him that they “will not play with matches ever again.” Ashley Peebles, trainer-educator for the Delaware Forest Service, oversees the annual Smokey Bear program.

Last year, the Delaware Forest Service provided 104 fire education programs to 9,410 students, a record number of school programs for the agency. 2015 marks the 71st Anniversary of Smokey Bear’s introduction as part of a public service effort to prevent forest fires during World War II.

Since he was created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign has evolved into the longest running public service campaign in history. Smokey’s first forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of fires in the nation’s wildland areas. As one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. Federal Law and administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Surveys have shown that “Smokey Bear” (not “Smokey the Bear”) is recognized by over 95 percent of respondents.

Delaware Forest Service contact: Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 or Ashley.Peebles@delaware.gov

2015 Schedule of Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Programs (subject to change)

New Castle Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 5 2:00 PM Tarbiyah Islamic School 698 S Old Balt. Pike Newark

(302) 533-8114

Oct. 7 9:00 AM Bunker Hill Elementary 1070 Bunker Hill Rd Middletown (302) 378-5135
Oct. 8 9:30 AM Christ the Teacher School 2451 Frazer Rd. Newark (302) 838-8850
Oct. 8 10:15 AM Independence School 1300 Paper Mill Rd. Newark

(302) 239-0330

Oct. 8 12:30 PM Brick Mill Elementary 378 Brick Mill Rd Middletown (302) 378-5288
Oct. 8 2:00 PM Hanby Elementary 2115 Anson Rd. Wilmington (302) 475-3966
Oct. 9 1:15 PM Sanford School 6900 Lancaster Pike Hockessin (302) 239-5263
Oct. 12 12:15 PM Carrcroft Elementary 503 Crest Rd. Wilmington (302) 762-7165
Oct. 13 9:45 AM Caravel Academy 2801 Del Laws Rd. Bear (302) 834-8938
Oct. 13 1:20 PM Tower Hill School 2813 West 17th St. Wilmington (302) 575-0550
Oct. 13 2:30 PM Olive B. Loss Elementary 200 Brennan Blvd. Bear (302) 832-1343
Oct. 14 9:00 AM East Side Charter School 2401 Thatcher St. Wilmington (302) 421-8270
Oct. 14 9:30 AM Wilmington Manor Elementary 200 E. Roosevelt Ave.. New Castle (302) 323-2901
Oct. 15 9:30 AM Jones (Albert H. ) Elementary 35 West Main St. Christiana (302) 454-2131
Oct. 15 12:30 PM Southern Elementary 795 Coxneck Rd. New Castle (302) 832-6300
Oct. 16 9:00 AM Maclary Elementary 300 St. Regis Dr. Newark (302) 454-2142
Oct. 16 9:30 AM Brookside Elementary 800 Marrows Rd. Newark (302) 454-5454
Oct. 19 10:00 AM Richey Elementary 105 East Highland Ave.. Newport (302) 992-5535
Oct. 19 12:30 PM St. Peter Catholic School 515 Harmony St. New Castle (302) 328-1191
Oct. 20 1:15 PM St. Peter’s Cathedral School 310 West 6th St. Wilmington (302) 656-5234
Oct. 21 2:00 PM Tatnall School 1501 Barley Mill Rd. Wilmington (302) 892-4323
Oct. 22 9:00 AM Elbert-Palmer Elementary 1210 Lobdell St. Wilmington (302) 429-4188
Oct. 23 12:00 PM Wilbur (Kathleen) Elementary 4050 Wrangle Hill Rd. Bear (302) 832-6330
Oct. 23 1:30 PM Henry M. Brader Elementary 107 Four Seasons Pkwy. Newark (302) 454-5959
Oct. 23 2:00 PM Providence Creek Academy 355 W. Duck Creek Rd. Clayton (302) 653-6276
Oct. 26 9:30 AM Frederick Stubbs Elementary 1100 N. Pine St. Wilmington (302) 429-4175
Oct. 26 10:00 AM Keene (William B.) 200 LaGrange Ave.. Newark (302) 454-2018
Oct. 28 9:30 AM Harlan (David W.) Elementary 3601 Jefferson St. Wilmington (302) 762-7156
Oct. 28 2:00 PM Gallaher Elementary 800 Brownleaf Rd. Newark (302) 454-2464
Oct. 29 9:15 AM North Star Elementary 1340 Little Balt. Rd Hockessin (302) 234-7200
Oct. 29 1:30 PM Claymont Elementary 3401 Green St. Claymont (302) 792-3880
Oct. 30 2:00 PM Castle Hills Elementary 502 Moores Lake New Castle (302) 323-2915
Nov. 2 2:00 PM Downes (John R.) Elementary 220 Casho Mill Rd. Newark (302) 454-2133
Nov. 6 11:45 AM Shortlidge (Evan G.Elementary 100 West 18th St. Wilmington (302) 651-2710
Kent Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 5 9:00 AM McIlvaine EC Center

11 Walnut St.

Magnolia (302) 335-5039
Oct. 14 9:00 AM Milford Christian School 6062 Old Shawnee Rd. Milford (302) 422-4263
Oct. 14 1:00 PM Major Welch Elementary 3100 Hawthorne Dr. Dover (302) 674-9080
Oct. 15 2:00 PM Clayton Elementary 501 West Main St. Clayton (302) 653-8587
Oct. 15 2:00 PM Lake Forest South Elementary 301 Dorman St. Harrington (302) 398-8011
Oct. 16 2:15 PM Lake Forest East Elementary 124 West Front St. Frederica (302) 335-5261
Oct. 19 10:00 AM South Dover 955 South State St. Dover (302) 672-1690
Oct. 20 2:20 PM North Dover Elementary 855 College Rd. Dover (302) 672-1980
Oct. 22 9:00 AM Calvary Christian Academy 1143 East Lebanon Rd. Dover (302) 697-7860
Oct. 23 9:00 AM Holy Cross Elementary 631 South State St. Dover (302) 674-5784
Oct. 27 9:00 AM Smyrna Elementary 121 South School Lane Smyrna (302) 653-8588
Oct. 27 2:00 PM Fairview Elementary 700 Walker Rd. Dover (302) 672-1645
Nov. 4 1:45 PM Towne Point 629 Buckson Dr. Dover (302) 672-1590
Sussex Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 07 12:30 PM The Jefferson School 22051 Wilson Rd. Georgetown (302) 856-3300
Oct. 08 9:00 AM East Millsboro Elementary 29346 Iron Branch Rd. Millsboro (302) 934-3222
Oct. 09 9:00 AM Morris Early Childhood Center 103 Third St. Lincoln (302) 422-1650
Oct. 12 1:30 PM Greenwood Mennonite 12802 Menn. Schl. Rd. Greenwood (302) 349-4131
Oct. 13 8:00 AM Milton Elementary 512 Federal St. Milton (302) 684-2516
Oct. 15 9:00 AM Lord Baltimore Elementary 120 Atlantic Ave.. Ocean View (302) 537-2700
Oct. 16 2:30 PM Frederick Douglas Elementary 1 Swain Rd. Seaford (302) 628-4413
Oct. 17 1:10 PM Southern Delaware School of Art 31 Hoosier St. Selbyville (302) 436-1066
Oct. 19 10:05 AM H. O. Brittingham Elementary 400 Mulberry St. Milton (302) 684-8522
Oct. 20 2:00 PM West Seaford Elementary 511 Sussex Ave.. Seaford (302) 628-4414
Oct. 22 2:30 PM Seaford Central Elementary 1 Delaware Place Seaford (302) 629-4587
Oct. 23 11:45 AM Phillip C. Showell Elementary 41 Bethany Beach Rd Selbyville (302) 436-1044
Oct. 26 10:30 AM Georgetown Elementary 301 West Market St. Georgetown (302) 856-1940
Oct. 29 3:00 PM Woodbridge Elementary PO Box 2007 Greenwood (302) 349-4010
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Smokey Bear to visit Delaware schools for Fire Prevention Month

Department of Agriculture | Forest Service | Date Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015



Smokey Bear visits Delaware schools for fire prevention month
Smokey Bear is once again teaming up with Ashley Peebles and the Delaware Forest Service to visit elementary schools in the First State to spread the word about fire safety and prevention.

(DOVER) – To honor October as “National Fire Prevention Month,” Smokey Bear will visit Delaware schools to teach children that “only you can prevent wildfires.” Nationwide fire data continue to show that human activity causes the largest number of forest fires, which is why Smokey teaches children at a very early age that they should never play with fire or use matches. During a typical Smokey Bear program sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), first-graders learn about how trees provide natural benefits such as oxygen, shade, wood products and wildlife habitat. Then, students learn about how harmful a fire can be to the forest. After discussing how a fire can get started, students watch a brief video about how children playing in the woods discover a box of matches that tempts them to start a campfire. When the “real” Smokey finally appears on the scene, the children are asked to make a solemn pledge to him that they “will not play with matches ever again.” Ashley Peebles, trainer-educator for the Delaware Forest Service, oversees the annual Smokey Bear program.

Last year, the Delaware Forest Service provided 104 fire education programs to 9,410 students, a record number of school programs for the agency. 2015 marks the 71st Anniversary of Smokey Bear’s introduction as part of a public service effort to prevent forest fires during World War II.

Since he was created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign has evolved into the longest running public service campaign in history. Smokey’s first forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of fires in the nation’s wildland areas. As one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. Federal Law and administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Surveys have shown that “Smokey Bear” (not “Smokey the Bear”) is recognized by over 95 percent of respondents.

Delaware Forest Service contact: Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 or Ashley.Peebles@delaware.gov

2015 Schedule of Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Programs (subject to change)

New Castle Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 5 2:00 PM Tarbiyah Islamic School 698 S Old Balt. Pike Newark

(302) 533-8114

Oct. 7 9:00 AM Bunker Hill Elementary 1070 Bunker Hill Rd Middletown (302) 378-5135
Oct. 8 9:30 AM Christ the Teacher School 2451 Frazer Rd. Newark (302) 838-8850
Oct. 8 10:15 AM Independence School 1300 Paper Mill Rd. Newark

(302) 239-0330

Oct. 8 12:30 PM Brick Mill Elementary 378 Brick Mill Rd Middletown (302) 378-5288
Oct. 8 2:00 PM Hanby Elementary 2115 Anson Rd. Wilmington (302) 475-3966
Oct. 9 1:15 PM Sanford School 6900 Lancaster Pike Hockessin (302) 239-5263
Oct. 12 12:15 PM Carrcroft Elementary 503 Crest Rd. Wilmington (302) 762-7165
Oct. 13 9:45 AM Caravel Academy 2801 Del Laws Rd. Bear (302) 834-8938
Oct. 13 1:20 PM Tower Hill School 2813 West 17th St. Wilmington (302) 575-0550
Oct. 13 2:30 PM Olive B. Loss Elementary 200 Brennan Blvd. Bear (302) 832-1343
Oct. 14 9:00 AM East Side Charter School 2401 Thatcher St. Wilmington (302) 421-8270
Oct. 14 9:30 AM Wilmington Manor Elementary 200 E. Roosevelt Ave.. New Castle (302) 323-2901
Oct. 15 9:30 AM Jones (Albert H. ) Elementary 35 West Main St. Christiana (302) 454-2131
Oct. 15 12:30 PM Southern Elementary 795 Coxneck Rd. New Castle (302) 832-6300
Oct. 16 9:00 AM Maclary Elementary 300 St. Regis Dr. Newark (302) 454-2142
Oct. 16 9:30 AM Brookside Elementary 800 Marrows Rd. Newark (302) 454-5454
Oct. 19 10:00 AM Richey Elementary 105 East Highland Ave.. Newport (302) 992-5535
Oct. 19 12:30 PM St. Peter Catholic School 515 Harmony St. New Castle (302) 328-1191
Oct. 20 1:15 PM St. Peter’s Cathedral School 310 West 6th St. Wilmington (302) 656-5234
Oct. 21 2:00 PM Tatnall School 1501 Barley Mill Rd. Wilmington (302) 892-4323
Oct. 22 9:00 AM Elbert-Palmer Elementary 1210 Lobdell St. Wilmington (302) 429-4188
Oct. 23 12:00 PM Wilbur (Kathleen) Elementary 4050 Wrangle Hill Rd. Bear (302) 832-6330
Oct. 23 1:30 PM Henry M. Brader Elementary 107 Four Seasons Pkwy. Newark (302) 454-5959
Oct. 23 2:00 PM Providence Creek Academy 355 W. Duck Creek Rd. Clayton (302) 653-6276
Oct. 26 9:30 AM Frederick Stubbs Elementary 1100 N. Pine St. Wilmington (302) 429-4175
Oct. 26 10:00 AM Keene (William B.) 200 LaGrange Ave.. Newark (302) 454-2018
Oct. 28 9:30 AM Harlan (David W.) Elementary 3601 Jefferson St. Wilmington (302) 762-7156
Oct. 28 2:00 PM Gallaher Elementary 800 Brownleaf Rd. Newark (302) 454-2464
Oct. 29 9:15 AM North Star Elementary 1340 Little Balt. Rd Hockessin (302) 234-7200
Oct. 29 1:30 PM Claymont Elementary 3401 Green St. Claymont (302) 792-3880
Oct. 30 2:00 PM Castle Hills Elementary 502 Moores Lake New Castle (302) 323-2915
Nov. 2 2:00 PM Downes (John R.) Elementary 220 Casho Mill Rd. Newark (302) 454-2133
Nov. 6 11:45 AM Shortlidge (Evan G.Elementary 100 West 18th St. Wilmington (302) 651-2710
Kent Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 5 9:00 AM McIlvaine EC Center

11 Walnut St.

Magnolia (302) 335-5039
Oct. 14 9:00 AM Milford Christian School 6062 Old Shawnee Rd. Milford (302) 422-4263
Oct. 14 1:00 PM Major Welch Elementary 3100 Hawthorne Dr. Dover (302) 674-9080
Oct. 15 2:00 PM Clayton Elementary 501 West Main St. Clayton (302) 653-8587
Oct. 15 2:00 PM Lake Forest South Elementary 301 Dorman St. Harrington (302) 398-8011
Oct. 16 2:15 PM Lake Forest East Elementary 124 West Front St. Frederica (302) 335-5261
Oct. 19 10:00 AM South Dover 955 South State St. Dover (302) 672-1690
Oct. 20 2:20 PM North Dover Elementary 855 College Rd. Dover (302) 672-1980
Oct. 22 9:00 AM Calvary Christian Academy 1143 East Lebanon Rd. Dover (302) 697-7860
Oct. 23 9:00 AM Holy Cross Elementary 631 South State St. Dover (302) 674-5784
Oct. 27 9:00 AM Smyrna Elementary 121 South School Lane Smyrna (302) 653-8588
Oct. 27 2:00 PM Fairview Elementary 700 Walker Rd. Dover (302) 672-1645
Nov. 4 1:45 PM Towne Point 629 Buckson Dr. Dover (302) 672-1590
Sussex Co.
Date Time School Address City Phone #
Oct. 07 12:30 PM The Jefferson School 22051 Wilson Rd. Georgetown (302) 856-3300
Oct. 08 9:00 AM East Millsboro Elementary 29346 Iron Branch Rd. Millsboro (302) 934-3222
Oct. 09 9:00 AM Morris Early Childhood Center 103 Third St. Lincoln (302) 422-1650
Oct. 12 1:30 PM Greenwood Mennonite 12802 Menn. Schl. Rd. Greenwood (302) 349-4131
Oct. 13 8:00 AM Milton Elementary 512 Federal St. Milton (302) 684-2516
Oct. 15 9:00 AM Lord Baltimore Elementary 120 Atlantic Ave.. Ocean View (302) 537-2700
Oct. 16 2:30 PM Frederick Douglas Elementary 1 Swain Rd. Seaford (302) 628-4413
Oct. 17 1:10 PM Southern Delaware School of Art 31 Hoosier St. Selbyville (302) 436-1066
Oct. 19 10:05 AM H. O. Brittingham Elementary 400 Mulberry St. Milton (302) 684-8522
Oct. 20 2:00 PM West Seaford Elementary 511 Sussex Ave.. Seaford (302) 628-4414
Oct. 22 2:30 PM Seaford Central Elementary 1 Delaware Place Seaford (302) 629-4587
Oct. 23 11:45 AM Phillip C. Showell Elementary 41 Bethany Beach Rd Selbyville (302) 436-1044
Oct. 26 10:30 AM Georgetown Elementary 301 West Market St. Georgetown (302) 856-1940
Oct. 29 3:00 PM Woodbridge Elementary PO Box 2007 Greenwood (302) 349-4010
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