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RFD holds holiday procession at Holy Childhood



Rochester, N.Y. – Students at the School of the Holy Childhood got an early Christmas present Friday.

Members of the Rochester Fire Department came to the school Friday for the annual procession and parade at the school.

It’s a tradition that’s been going on for 57 years – and while the COVID-19 pandemic meant some changes compared to past years, Holy Childhood President and CEO Donna Dedee says there was still plenty of happiness around the school.

“It’s a really strange year this year, but we’re so grateful that our firefighters have come out and they’ve shown love for Holy Childhood and our students and adults,” she said. “It’s just incredible that they brought some joy today.”

Students and staff weren’t the only ones who had fun Friday. Rochester Fire Department Chief Willie Jackson says firefighters get just as much of a thrill from the annual visit.

“It’s been a tradition for the Rochester Fire Department for many years, and we just are proud and it’s kind of our kickoff of the winter season and the Christmas holiday season,” he said. “So, being able to come here makes us happy, and I hope it makes the students and the employees of the School of the Holy Childhood happy.”

Because Holy Childhood is on a hybrid learning model, only half of the school’s student body was present Friday – but the remaining students won’t be missing out on holiday cheer. Next week, the Gates and Henrietta Fire Departments will be dropping by for a second procession.