Ransom Middle Student Wins Firetruck Ride To School

October 5, 2017

Peniel Otabil, 11, arrived at Ransom Middle School in grand style Wednesday morning on a firetruck.

Otabil was one of six winners in the West Florida Public Libraries’ Summer Reading Club contest to receive a firetruck ride to school. The firetruck rides were the prize for children ages 6-11 who read more than 50 hours during the Summer Reading Club, which ran from May 30 through July 31.

This year, 2,884 children from infant to 17 years old signed up to participate in the Summer Reading Club, and 130 children from the participating libraries read at least 50 hours. Of those, 72 were ages 6-11 and were eligible for the drawing for the six firetruck rides. Other prizes included tool sets, bicycles and pedal cars.


6 Responses to “Ransom Middle Student Wins Firetruck Ride To School”

  1. My2Cents on October 9th, 2017 11:18 am

    Wonderful job young man! I’m jealous about the fire truck ride. They should do this for adults.

  2. BILL on October 5th, 2017 2:41 pm


  3. Eric on October 5th, 2017 2:09 pm

    Congrats son am really proud of you.

  4. BT on October 5th, 2017 12:13 pm

    What a neat thing to do.

    That reminds me of that time in high school that I got to ride in a police car. Of course, we didn’t go to school that day.

  5. Kepeing Life Positive on October 5th, 2017 8:43 am

    Wow, what a cool prize! And such a neat motivator to get kids interested in reading, especially on their summer break. Thanks to the library and the fire department for offering up this prize to our local youth! Congratulations to this young man on a job well done! To all involved, keep up the good work!

    And to North Escambia, thank you so much for reporting on the positive stories that take place within our community. Stories like this are needed!

  6. Me on October 5th, 2017 6:46 am

    Wow, Peniel! Congratulatiins! That’s a lot of reading you did!
    Cool way to catch a ride to school!

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