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Grade 3 Maple Ridge girl wins B.C. fire safety prize

Harley McFarlane accepts her new laptop at Albion elementary. - Colleen Flanagan/the news
Harley McFarlane accepts her new laptop at Albion elementary.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/the news

Harley McFarlane was in tears when she found out she won the grand prize in the annual Fire Prevention Week contest.

She was all smiles, however, during the presentation last week, when she accepted a new laptop computer in front of her classmates at Albion elementary.

The Grade 3 student jumped to her feet when her name was called and ran to the front of the gym to accept her prize from Tara Fraser, fire service adviser for the Lower Mainland.

Students from across the province entered the contest by completing a fire safety checklist and answering a math question, then dropping off entries at local fire departments.

The winner was drawn at random, with only one winner in the province.

Albion elementary had more entries than any other school in the district.

Harley was excited to win.

“She was in tears,”  said her mother, Traci McFarlane. “She lost her tooth on the same day and said it was the best day ever.”

Harley plans to use the computer for homework and to download games, starting with her favourite, Marble Blast.

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