‘Better than Christmas’: Moncton student gets ride to school in fire truck

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Jakob Vansnick, the winner of the Moncton Fire Department’s “Firefighters Fight for Literacy” program, gets a ride to school on a fire truck – Dec 2, 2016

A 6-year-old student from Bessborough School in Moncton got to the ride of his life to school on Thursday morning — arriving just in time for class on a big red fire truck.

Jakob Vansnick was the winner of the Moncton Fire Department’s “Firefighters Fight for Literacy” program.

READ MORE: Firefighters on mission to improve poor literacy rates among NB students

In a video posted by Buzz Local, Vansnick is seen barely containing his excitement when several fire fighters dressed in full gear show up at his front door to give him a ride to school in the city’s largest fire truck.

Erik Gingles, owner of BuzzLocal captured Vansnick’s reactions and shared the video on his Facebook page — it’s now got more than 68,000 views.

“It was way better than Christmas,” Vansnick is heard saying while shaking with excitement.

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For the past month firefighters have been visiting Bessborough School hoping to inspire more children to read. Their goal is to battle the provincial issue of poor literacy among children.

READ MORE: Literacy levels in New Brunswick middle schools not making the grade

Provincial reading assessments conducted by the New Brunswick Department of Education show more than 30 per cent of Grade 2 students in the Anglophone East School District are not reading at an appropriate grade level.

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