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City of Victorville Hosts Elementary School District for Public Works Day 2009
Students from six local elementary schools will learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a city’s Public Works Department on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victorville Public Works Yard on McArt Avenue in Victorville.
Fourth grade students from Liberty, Discovery, Galileo, Mojave Vista, West Palms and Del Rey schools will learn how the Public Works Department contributes to the quality of life in the City of Victorville.
“It’s a great opportunity for young students to gain a greater understanding of the many services our City provides,” said Mayor Rudy Cabriales. “We usually don’t think about some of these services until there is a problem, but we certainly depend on our traffic signals working, our streets being swept and graffiti being removed.”
Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of Public Works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of society—the public works professionals who serve the public every day with quiet dedication.
In the past, the City of Victorville has hosted an Open House at the Public Works Yard and also held events in business parking lots to help educate the public. This year, the approach changed to offer an educational outreach to students to broaden their civic knowledge and understanding of the public works infrastructure. As part of this year’s program, students are also required to write an essay about their experience and are eligible to win a prize for the most outstanding essay.
As stewards of community assets, Public Works professionals are at work serving the public interest by improving and maintaining the services and amenities that enrich our quality of life. Public Works professionals include those who manage services such as Street Maintenance, Sewer Maintenance, Street Sweeping, Traffic Signal Maintenance and Signage, Animal Control, Fleet Maintenance, and Graffiti Removal. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community's health, safety, and comfort.
Hosting a school field trip format allowed the City to bring attention and recognition to Public Works professionals, and at the same time inform students about public works and have fun at the same. This type of event is made possible solely with sponsorships and donations from the business community.
Sponsors include Cooley Construction, Daily Press, Graves & King, Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla, Hi-Grade Materials Co./Robar Enterprises., High Desert Center for the Arts, High Desert Mavericks, Kemper Campbell Ranch, The Members Own Federal Credit Union, Mitsubishi Cement Corp., Papa Johns Pizza, Rainilda P. Valencia, M.D., Inc., Safeway Sign Company, Shear Realty, Sherwin-Williams, Stirling Enterprises, TXI Riverside Cement, Victor Bowl, Victor Valley Community Hospital, Victor Valley Federal Credit Union, Victor Valley Transit Authority and Walmart.
See photos of the festivities here!
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