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Melrose Elementary School students get a ride to school in a firetruck by firefighters escorted by local law enforcement personnel after winning the school’s Box Top Fundraiser Drive on Tuesday.

The Melrose Elementary School held its semi-annual Box Top Fundraiser Drive for Education Program on Tuesday, where the winners received a ride to school in a Douglas County Fire District No.2 fire truck while being escorted by local law enforcement.

About 100 kids participated in last month’s drive, with students Logan McCleasky, Alexandria Brady and Aubrey Gingery winning the drawing for a ride on a firetruck.

The students were picked up at their homes before school by Mike Merlino, Gabe Allen, Tim Adams and Brian Parnell of Douglas County Fire District No.2. The crew outfitted them with fire coats, hats, badges and fire prevention material and headed to the school.

As the fire truck pulled into the parking lot, the entire student body and faculty were waiting for them when they arrived with lights, sirens and smiles.

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

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

Box Tops for Education is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising programs helping schools since 1996.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 can be reached at 541-673-5503.

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Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at

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