Ir­win School wel­comed Swift Cur­rent mayor for dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ta­tions

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - CON­TRIB­UTED

Traf­fic safety was the topic front and cen­tre as Mayor De­nis Per­rault had a busy Dec. 14 at O.M. Ir­win School.

The mayor joined the school safety pa­trollers for lunch, vis­ited stu­dents in Grades 1, 2 and 4 to talk about his role as mayor.

Then, to end the day, he joined the safety pa­trol to help stu­dents and par­ents cross the high traf­fic Ge­orge St. cross­walk at 10th av­enue.

Mayor Per­rault par­tic­i­pated in the bi­monthly safety pa­troller lunch where he en­joyed pizza with mem­bers of Ir­win School’s safety pa­trol team.

He spoke to the stu­dents thank­ing them for their ser­vice and con­tri­bu­tion to the school and com­mu­nity. The mayor then had the op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late each mem­ber of the safety pa­trol as he pre­sented them with their cer­tifi­cates for com­plet­ing their re­quired train­ing. To end the cer­e­mony, Ir­win Vice-Prin­ci­pal and safety pa­trol co­or­di­na­tor Cur­tis Biem in­ducted Mayor Per­rault into the team as an hon­orary safety pa­troller.

The rest of the af­ter­noon was spent vis­it­ing class­rooms in Grades 1, 2, and 4 in sup­port of learn­ing in So­cial Stud­ies where stu­dents in those grades study com­mu­nity, lead­er­ship, and gov­ern­ment.

The mayor talked to stu­dents about growth in Swift Cur­rent and asked stu­dents what they wanted to see come to the city. He en­cour­aged them to make use of city fa­cil­i­ties, and to be part of mak­ing the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place. Stu­dents also had the op­por­tu­nity to ask the mayor ques­tions about his job, and about lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

To end the day, Mayor Per­rault put his hon­orary mem­ber­ship into ac­tion and donned a re­flec­tive vest and stop sign along with other mem­bers of the Ir­win safety pa­trol. Safety pa­trollers help stu­dents and par­ents across the busy Ge­orge St. and 10th av­enue cross­walk.

The mayor com­mented on the busy­ness of the area and con­grat­u­lated the school for hav­ing the pro­gram in place. He noted the lead­er­ship op­por­tu­nity for the Grade 6 stu­dents to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity. The safety pa­trol pro­gram was put in place when O.M. Ir­win be­came a K-8 school.

Vice-Prin­ci­pal Biem took the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the re­cent let­ter sent to the Mayor and Coun­cil from the SCCs (School Com­mu­nity Coun­cils) of all city schools. The SCCs have asked the Mayor and Coun­cil to con­sider a school zone speed limit re­duc­tion to 30 km/h from the 40km/h limit that is presently in place.

The let­ter sited ev­i­dence from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion about a much re­duced fa­tal­ity rate when pedes­tri­ans are struck by a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling at 30 km/h com­pared to faster speeds. In re­cent years, many cities across Western Canada have al­ready im­ple­mented the change.

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