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Melrose Elementary students arrive in fire truck as part of school fundraiser

Melrose Elementary Box Top fundraiser, Nov. 7, 2017. (DCFD2 photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Melrose Elementary School held its semi-annual Box Top Fundraiser Drive for Education Program.

The winners received a ride to school in a Douglas County Fire District No.2 fire truck and were escorted by some local law enforcement agencies.

Approximately 100 kids participated in last month’s drive, and all participants were eligible to win.

The names drawn were Logan McCleasky, Alexandria Brady and Aubrey Gingery.

The kids were picked up at their homes before school by Lt. Mike Merlino, Lt Gabe Allen, Eng. Tim Adams and FF Brian Parnell of Douglas County Fire District No.2.

The crew outfitted them with fire coats, hats, badges, and other fire prevention material, and then headed to the school.

As the fire truck pulled into the parking lot, the entire student body and faculty awaited their arrival, which came with lights, sirens and "very big smiles," the fire district said.

The students collected 4,432 box tops which raised a total of $443. All of the proceeds go toward school supplies for the kids.

Box Tops are found on more than 200 products including cereal, food storage, paper products, school supplies and other products, and are worth 10 cents each.

Box Tops for Education is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising programs that has helped schools succeed since 1996, the fire district said.

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