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Read Across America at Ackerman School included much more than reading

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Ackerman School student, Jakhi Rainey got the change to get behind the wheel of a Florissant Valley Fire Protection District pumper truck during the school's Read Across America event. Ackerman School student, Jakhi Rainey got the change to get behind the wheel of a Florissant Valley Fire Protection District pumper truck during the school's Read Across America event.
KMOV-TV reporter Russell Kinsaul visited with Ashley Boigan and other students at Ackerman School for the Read Across America event. KMOV-TV reporter Russell Kinsaul visited with Ashley Boigan and other students at Ackerman School for the Read Across America event.
Students at Ackerman School in Florissant pose with the Florissant Police Department K-9 named Eddie. Students at Ackerman School in Florissant pose with the Florissant Police Department K-9 named Eddie.
FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

News 4 reporter Russell Kinsaul was one of the guest readers at Ackerman School in north St. Louis County for the annual Read Across America Day. The event is designed to motivate students to read and promote reading awareness.

Ackerman School, in the 1500 block of Derhake Road in Florissant, educates students ages 5 to 14 with a range of disabilities. The students who attend come from the nearby school districts of Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Riverview Gardens and Jennings. Approximately 170 students attend the school. 

At Ackerman School, the event included more than reading. Firefighters with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District showed students one of their firetrucks. Officers with the Florissant Police Department not only read to students but also let students meet and pet the department's K-9, named "Eddie."

The original monster truck, Bigfoot, also visited the school as did St. Louis Blues mascot, Louie

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