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Fun Day for Children and City Employees at the Sumter County Youth Center

The City of Bushnell, Public Works, and Utility Department, put on a wonderful demonstration for the Sumter County Youth Center, on July 14, 2016. The City set up six different work stations at the Youth Center, and the children went from station to station to learn about what each station does. Approximately 145 children got to attend and learn about the different things these departments do for the City and its citizens every day.

The first station was Chris Hariprashad, he taught the children about the grapple truck, and what this truck does. This truck is able to pick up very large, heavy piles of trash, brush and trees that are put out to be removed on Wednesdays, our miscellaneous pickup day. This piece of equipment not only saves time, but allows heavy items to be picked up without injury to the employees.

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The second station was the new garbage truck that was shown to the kids by Doug Wheeler. Doug explained that when people throw their trash away and put the cart out for pickup, he is the one to come by with this big truck to pick it up. He showed the children how the garbage truck works and how it can pick up the cart as well as a dumpster. He showed the kids how it dumps the trash into the truck and where the trash goes once the truck is full.

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Below is a picture of both the grapple and grabage truck in action!

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The third and fourth stations were put on by the Utility department, Jay Fuller, Isaac Wietan and Nate Story. This department takes care of providing electricity and water to all of our homes and businesses in town. Nate Story was in the bucket and he explained to the kids just how the department uses the bucket trucks to work on the power lines when the power goes out and when installing new lines. He also explained how the bucket helps to keep them safe while working.4

In the picture below, Isaac Wietan, is running the auger truck while Jay Fuller is explaining to the kids what this machine does and how they use this to dig holes and set utility poles in the ground when running electric throughout the city.

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The 5th station was provided by the Public Works department on play ground equipment safety. This presentation was given by Mike Zapata and Keith Raftery. Mike explained about playground safety; an example that he used was the swings, that they are regulated to be at a certain height off the ground and when people throw the swings over the top pole to make them higher they are actually making them dangerous for themselves and others! He explained that this should not be done.

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The final station for the day was with Michael Worthington, and Casey Hickman, who taught the kids about what a backhoe is and what it does. Michael explained how the backhoe works by having the kids put one arm out straight to the side at shoulder height and use their hands as the bucket to imitate scooping. He explained that the backhoe and bucket move very similar to this. The children enjoyed seeing the machine in action to scoop, dump and level the dirt.

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The City of Bushnell, provided each child with a "Be Bright and Turn off the Light" bag for participating in a fun filled day with our city employees.  The children had a great day seeing and experiencing some of the day to day tasks that our Public Works and Utility Departments do through out our city.

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A big "Thank you" to the Sumter County Youth Center, for inviting us into your facility to spend a wonderful day with your kids.  This really was a wonderful way to educate the local kids and get them familiar with who provides these local services for them and what it takes to take care of our beautiful city.