Students raise money, awareness for smoke alarms

Evans Middle School Student Council working at Fire and Ice Ice Cream social.

Evans Middle School student council members are raising money to install smoke detectors in area homes.

Students served people in the community bowls of ice-cream at the sixth annual "Fire and Ice" Ice Cream Social held at the North Fire Station in Ottumwa. You could satisfy your sweet tooth for three dollars a bowl or five dollars if you purchased two bowls of the delicious frozen treat. The money will be used to provide free smoke detectors to homeowners throughout Wapello County. The Student Council's Advisor says they raised $800 last year and hope to raise $1,000 this year.

â??It's really great to see the kids give back to the community and just get involved, makes them feel like they have more of a part in the community and helps them become active members in the community as well,â?? Angela Veenstra, an Evans Middle School 8th grade math teacher and Student Council Advisor said.

Ottumwa firefighters say every house fire they attended to in the month of April either didn't have a smoke alarm or they had one that didn't work.