Irwin School welcomed Swift Current mayor for different presentations
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.