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Police escort four students to school, for fun

MADAWASKA, Maine — Four Madawaska Elementary School students got to ride fire trucks and police cars to school on Tuesday, as a reward for taking first place in a safety poster contest.

This safety poster by Madawaska Elementary School second grader Ronnie Crawford was one of four winning selections among Kindergarten through third grade contest entrees. Winners got to ride a police car, fire truck or ambulance to school on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Jessica Pelletier)

Officers with the Madawaska Police Department, agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, firefighters with the Madawaska Fire Department and members of the Madawaska Ambulance Department recently judged and made final selections among more than 100 submissions from students in Kindergarten through grade 3.

Tuesday morning, Lucie Beaulieu (Kindergarten), Lucas Pelletier (first grade), Ronnie Crawford (second grade) and Hailey Thibeault (third grade) each got to ride in the law enforcement or emergency vehicle of their choice, from downtown to the school.

The students later had lunch with safety agency staff, also at the school.

On Nov. 6, personnel from various local public safety agencies visited the school to talk about safety and invited students to create posters about what safety meant to them.

This was the first time local emergency personnel worked with the school on the safety poster contest and more than 100 students took part.

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