The City of Springfield will be hosting several Springfield Public School District 19 third grade classes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 as part of National Public Works Week. Students will learn about what services the Development and Public Works Department (DPW) provides community members. Children and parents visiting the Springfield Public Library during the two day event are also welcome to join in the festivities.

Students will spend 75 minutes rotating through 10 booths at the “carnival” in the City Hall lobby. The booths are based on classic carnival activities, but with a Development and Public Works twist. For example, the traditional bean bag toss has been transformed into “red light, green light”. Students earn up to three bean bags by answering roadway safety questions then attempt to toss the corresponding colored bean bag into a traffic light in order to win a small prize. Another carnival activity is a development game where students will use foam blocks representing housing, businesses, parks, etc. to create their ideal neighborhood.

Students will also spend 45 minutes outside at the equipment rodeo learning about four pieces of equipment Development and Public Works staff use to maintain infrastructure within the City such as wastewater and stormwater pipes. Sanipac will continue their support of the festivities again this year. Sanipac will have their “Duck Truck” as part of the rodeo portion of the event and will have a recycling game as part of the carnival activities.

Background

The 2019 National Public Works Week (NPWW) is May 19-25. National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women around the United States who provide and maintain the public infrastructure that communities rely on and is an opportunity to raise awareness about the type of work they do.

What: Springfield’s National Public Works Week event

Who: Springfield Public School District third grade classes with approximately 450 students; children and parents visiting the Springfield Public Library. 

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23

Where: City Hall, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, Oregon

For more information: Loralyn Spiro, Communications Coordinator, Development and Public Works Department, 541.726.2233 or lspiro@springfield-or.gov.