Concord Public Works hosted the 8th grade from the Middle School (over 200 students) on June 8th. This was the sixth year that the students were included in this event. This year’s theme was: “Public Works – Creating a Lasting Impression”.
Anna Trout from CPW coordinated the event with Doug Shattuck, the Applied Technology teacher from the Middle School. Rich Reine, Director of Public Works thanked all who made the day a success, as the group assembled for a group photo.
Wayne Busa coordinated the four buses that brought the students to three different locations throughout the day, which made things run smoothly. Thanks to the Boston Post, Society of American Military Engineers for providing each student with a souvenir tee shirt.
Public Works was showcased by the following events this year:
- Catchbasin Cleaning – The Highway Division conducted a session including a catch basin cleaning demonstration and a fun “whack a duck” game of skill, where a tennis racquet was used to hit a rubber duck into a man hole.
- Stormwater Overview – The Engineering Division explained the importance of stormwater management and also had a fun game for the students.
- Hazardous Waste Disposal – The Administrative Division led by Rod Robison put on a skit which pointed out how environmentally friendly products can replace hazardous ones. This session ended with two teams playing a game where they responded to questions.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Videos - Students created short public service announcement videos demonstrating how to prevent stormwater pollution. The students viewed the videos and had the opportunity to vote on their favorite.
- Wastewater Treatment Plant – A tour of the plant was conducted by the Water Divison, led by Hardik Raval. Melissa Simoncini led a lively water conservation exercise.
- Tree Warden – Pete Flynn, the Town’s tree warden conducted a session at Emerson Field, where the students learned about irrigation systems and tested the Ph of soil.
This year’s event was made possible by the hard work of the public works staff, who spent a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this event. Everyone agreed that this year’s event was the best yet. This was a great opportunity to show students what goes on “behind the scenes” and demonstrated how they can have a positive effect on the environment.