To celebrate Public Works Week, the Prince William County Department of Public Works reached out to a local elementary school to host a special education event. We coordinated with Featherstone Elementary School to offer learning stations to demonstrate all the services we provide to the community. On a Friday morning near the end of the school year, staff visited with the students to celebrate Public Works in the community and the students' hard work in their studies. We are not sure who was having the most fun, but everyone had an amazing time.
Students in kindergarten through second grade visited:
Recycling hosted by the Solid Waste Division
Litter hosted by the Neighborhood Services Division
Build and Grow hosted by Buildings and Grounds
Bugs hosted by the Mosquito and Forest Pest Management branch
Touch a Truck hosted by the Construction Services branch
Students in the third through fifth grades enjoyed sessions:
Designing with furniture hosted by the Property Management Division
Baseball in years gone by hosted by the Historic Preservation Division
Designing buildings with the Facilities Construction Management Team
How cars go with the Fleet Management Division
Pollution Prevention with the Watershed Management branch
Donning their own hard hats in bright shades of yellow, pink and purple, the students rotated through each station to learn about some of the services Public Works provides to the community. Members of the Public Works team were given a chance to not only spotlight our work, but perhaps even pique interest in the students to pursue careers available in a Public Works department.
Matt Villareale, Assistant Director of Public Works added, "We serve the community daily, but our efforts take place in the field, at the landfill or behind the scenes. Typically, we are not seen by the public. So, for us, it is nice to have an opportunity to showcase what we do for some of our youngest citizens."
"Our school was grateful to Public Works for visiting our students," noted Ms. Joy Greene, administrative intern for Featherstone Elementary. "It was so cute seeing all of the students leaving in their hard hats on Friday! They all thoroughly enjoyed the day. We appreciated Public Works hosting such a special and interactive event for my wonderful students to end the school year on a fun note."