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Kids Try Out Jobs on Public Works Day

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EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene rolled out its big trucks and tractors for its 26th annual Public Works Day Thursday.

Hundreds of kids headed to Roosevelt yard for a hands on lesson in what it takes to maintain the city.

Armed with a safety vest, they went on a tour of what it takes to run the city.

When it snows, public works is working 24 hours a day. Also working 24-7 is Eugene police.

These kids go to see the flashing lights close up, listen to scanner talk, and one by one, get behind the wheel of a cruiser and then onto the fire truck.

What does it take to operate a bomb squad robot? They get to try it out. Plus try on a vest.

More than 1,300 students took the guided tour, navigating displays that teach about managing waste water and storm water, building and fixing street and taking care of city parks, which sometimes does includes climbing trees. In this case, it was climbing a rope.

It’s an eye opening for these young minds and educational.

Josh Richmond works for the city as an engineering permit technician. He remembers coming to Public Works Day as a student.

“When I was a sophomore in high school, we had a career day, and part of our career day was coming here and seeing what publics works does,” Richmond said. “I came back and started as a seasonal employee, and here I am 16 years later.”

It’s just one way public works is connecting with kids.

Something new this year is snow plow art work. Students at 4J’s Spring Creek Elementary designed a plow came which will be used on Eugene roads the next time it snows.

From plow operator, engineer, to fire fighter–these students got a chance to see what they could be. For now, it’s just fun imagining.

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