SOUTH OGDEN -- Around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, firefighters with the South Ogden Fire Department pulled into the parking lot of Wasatch Christian School and dumped gallons of water on the students as they played outside.
The kids loved every minute of the surprise visit on one of their last days of school.
They earned the party -- with all sorts of water games on the playground, which also serves as 40th Street Park -- after passing the Presidential Physical Fitness Test.
"I had them set a goal to get that passed off, and I told them if 75 percent or more of them passed it off, they would get this party, and they did it," said Mandy Powell, a parent and volunteer at the school.
As the children played in the water doused on them by the fire truck, parents took pictures and even got pushed into the line of fire themselves.
"This is a great school," Powell said. "I love so many things about it. I love the teachers. They are so kind and patient. I love the small classroom sizes and the morals and values they teach here."
The school has 62 students enrolled this year and is expecting even more next year, said Principal Dennis Long.
"We've done quite a few things to increase our numbers," he said. "We did a drive to try and get more kids enrolled, and we also now have seven full-time scholarships to help sponsor some children, so I'm happy to say we'll be open next year.
"We probably won't have a sixth grade because there are not enough kids, but we'll build that from the lower classes."
Wasatch Christian School opened in 2007 and teaches preschool-age 3 through sixth grade.
"We're a nondenominational Christian school," said school secretary Adrienne Moore. "Our whole curriculum is centered around Christian values."
The students participate in Bible classes and prayer, she said. No bullying is allowed, and basic morals and values such as respect are taught.
"Our class sizes are small. The maximum number of students we will ever have per classroom is 18," Moore said.
"We have seven teachers, and we inherited the best custodian in Ogden. His name is Ernesto Magana, and we are always receiving compliments about how clean and organized our school is."
The school also offers before- and after-school programs. Students wear uniforms, and tuition is based on individual income.
"The kids here are pretty sheltered, and I don't mind keeping them sheltered," Long said. "They'll be exposed eventually, but right now, we just want them to enjoy their lives being children."