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Students visit public works department

Four local elementary classes visited the Public Works Facility on May 15. Submitted photo

In cooperation with the APWA National Public Works Week, the City of West Fargo celebrated National Public Works Week on Wednesday May 15 by inviting four, third grade classes to their Public Works Facility in West Fargo. Included were one hundred students and their respective teachers from Westside Elementary School in West Fargo. The activities lasted for several hours and included educational sessions, games and equipment demos.

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, with the more than 28,000 members in the US and Canada using this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works in their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of local communities and building the quality of life.

The educational sessions included a program on the city's water system and another on storm water and pollution prevention. The students were also provided with a public works activity book, several APWA pencils and a pencil holder. The dity allowed the students to sit in and learn about six common pieces of equipment including a motor grader, sanitation packer, recycling truck, truck plow, street sweeper and a pay loader.

Students and teachers alike enjoyed the field trip viewing it as a great educational opportunity.