VESD Participates In Public Works Day 2013

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Staff members from Water, Community Services, and Fire joined the Public Works Department staff for this year’s Public Works Day event.

Each year, National Public Works Week is celebrated across the country, calling attention to the great work the men and women in Public Works do to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play.

As part of this national celebration, the City of Victorville held their 12th Annual Public Works Day on May 16, with the theme being “Because of Public Works…”

“We invited 300 fourth grade students from the Victor Elementary School District to meet with our crew, visit nine work stations, participate in the “Crack the Code”  group team building activity, enjoy lunch and meet  Mayor Cox,” said Ro Ratliff, Management Technician and event coordinator at the City of Victorville.  “The idea was to show them how Public Works contributes to the quality of life in Victorville.”

Students spent time at each station and were provided with information about Household Hazardous Waste, Graffiti Abatement, the Recycling Program, Water Quality processes, the Vactor truck, Closed Circuit TV Van sewer maintenance, Animal Care and Control, Street Sweeping and Traffic Signals.  The station rotation provided instructive activity to broaden students’ civic knowledge and understanding of the Public Works infrastructure.

“Staff also had the opportunity to talk with students about the importance of ‘soft skills’ for being successful in any job,” said Kim Claire, Support Specialist of Educational Services at VESD.  “Students were encouraged to learn the skills of communication, being friendly, showing a positive attitude and developing strong work and personal ethics.”

Each year, students are invited to participate in an essay contest to write about their favorite Public Works Day station.  “This year the submissions received were excellent and showed that we did indeed accomplish our goal of educating the students about public works in our City,” said Ratliff.  Essay winners will be honored at the June 4, Victorville City Council meeting.   The event slideshow is available to view on the City of Victorville webpage at

This year’s event was made possible by our partners and sponsors:  VESD, American Landscape and Maintenance, Athens Services dba American Organics, Butsko Utility Design, Crafco, Cutting Edge Supply, Graves & King, Green, de Bortnowsky, and Quintanilla, High Desert Center Cultural Arts Foundation, Mitsubishi Cement Corp, Plastipak Packaging, Riverside Construction, Robar Enterprises – Endura Steel and Hi Grade Materials, Sherwin-Williams and Victor Valley Transit Authority.

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