Featherstone Elementary School students were invited by the Prince William County Department of Public Works to celebrate National Public Works Week, providing students with a unique insight into the work they do in the community.
After collaborating with staff at Featherstone, each of the eight service areas in the Public Works Department provided lessons to students. Kindergarten through second-grade students participated in activities that included learning about litter and how to keep the community beautiful, while the Solid Waste Division taught students about recycling.
Members of the Buildings and Grounds Division explained their jobs and then asked students to draw pictures depicting these jobs. The students assembled the drawings to get a sense of the big picture of the work that these employees perform. A snake named Wilson and hissing cockroaches were on display in the Mosquitoes and Forest Pest Management Branch presentation, where students learned about how to protect themselves from bugs and pests that could be harmful. The Construction Services Branch invited students to get up close and touch many of the large trucks that they use.
Third- through fifth-grade students learned about water quality and pollution prevention from the Watershed Management Branch. The Property Management Division taught students how to design furniture. And with their new skills, students designed a bedroom. Managers from the Construction Management team showed students how they plan and build, then guided students through an activity where they designed their own buildings. Students learned about the history of baseball in Prince William County from the Historic Preservation Division. Employees from the Fleet Management Division explained how they maintain the various vehicles used by the Prince William County Government.
The Public Works Department hopes that students enjoyed learning about the jobs, and that the event also piques an interest in pursuing these types of careers. The Public Works Department plans to offer this event again next school year.
By Prince William Living