By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Staff members from Water, Community Services/Environmental Programs, and Fire will join 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 Public Works Week celebration, the City of Victorville’s 13th Annual Public Works Day will be held on May 16 for students of the Victor Valley Elementary School District (VESD), with this year’s theme, “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.”
“We have invited 300 fourth grade students from the Victor Elementary School District to meet with City crews, visit nine work stations, participate in the “Crack the Code” group team building activity, and enjoy lunch with Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron,” said Ro Ratliff, Management Technician and event coordinator at the City of Victorville. “Students will get to see firsthand how Public Works contributes to the quality of life in Victorville and learn about the following careers and programs: Household Hazardous Waste, Graffiti Abatement, the Recycling Program, Water Quality processes, Closed Circuit TV Van sewer maintenance, Animal Care and Control, Street Sweeping, Fleet maintenance and Traffic Signals. The station rotation provides instructive activity to broaden students’ civic knowledge and understanding of the Public Works infrastructure.”
“Staff will also have the opportunity to talk with students about the importance of ‘21st Century Skills’ for being successful in any job,” said Kim Verduzco, Support Specialist of Educational Services at VESD. “Students are encouraged to learn the “super skills” of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.”
Students are invited to participate in a written essay contest about the Public Works career they would most like to have when they grow up. Essay winners will be honored at the June 3, Victorville City Council meeting. To view more information about Public Works Day, visit the City of Victorville webpage at victorvilleca.gov.
Public Works Day 2014 is made possible by the support of our partners and sponsors: VESD, American Landscape and Maintenance, Athens Services dba American Organics, Cutting Edge Supply, Graves & King, Green, de Bortnowsky, and Quintanilla, LLP, High Desert Cultural Arts Foundation, Mitsubishi Cement Corp, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Victorville Environmental Programs, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and West Coast Arborists. Thank you!