Around the Town with Mayor Steve: School Visits

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I spent the week attending several events at Oak Creek High School, wrapping up with a Veterans Day program in the old gym on Monday, November 11.  As a former graduate of Oak Creek High School, it’s always nice to go back and visit, and stop into some of my old classrooms. The original building, which opened in 1962, was remodeled in 2002, but many of the classrooms still look essentially the same.

On Tuesday, November 5, I was invited to participate in a shaving lab for Ms. Williams’ Certified Nursing Assistant Class (CNA). Along with some of the student’s fathers, we were the test subjects as the students applied shaving cream, and had to shave each of us, many applying their classroom training for the first time. The students did a fantastic job with their “hands-on” assignment, adding another important practical experience to their CNA training.

The dangers of texting while driving were demonstrated to the Junior class at Oak Creek High School at a recent “It Can Wait” event , sponsored by AT&T and AAA. Speaking to the students on this increasingly risky practice, it was eye-opening to hear the first-hand stories of lives taken or destroyed by the seemingly innocent practice of sending - or receiving - a text while driving.  I told the students that five seconds spent looking away from the road, at 55 miles per hour, means that their car travels almost the entire length of Oak Creek’s football field, a dangerous mix of speed and inattentive driving. Students were given the opportunity to see just how dangerous this practice is with an interactive driving tool set up by AAA. Many students took the pledge to stop texting and driving, and if you would like to join them, you can do so at http://www.itcanwait.com.

I stopped at Carollton School on Thursday, November 7, to help our local Kiwanis Club with their elementary school reading program, with the books chosen tied to the Veterans Day celebration. I read to the second grade students about the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and as they listened, it was encouraging to see their commitment to honoring our veterans. As we wrapped up the reading, the students sang a patriotic song for all of the Kiwanis Club members.  Always a treat to visit with the children, and I have to thank Superintendent Burmeister and her teachers for their willingness to keep the students connected to this important civics lesson about their country.

This year I dedicated my Veterans Day comments to my good friend Bob Johnson, a ninety-four year old World War Two veteran, and a neighbor, who lives at the Meadowmere facility on Puetz Avenue in Oak Creek. Bob served his country proudly, and is a shining example of the spirit and dedication of the brave men and women who sacrifice for us every day. Happy Veterans Day to all of them!

Mayor Steve