Saturday, April 22, 2017
The TNT Robotics team was again part of the annual Heritage Park Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 22.
The team of Taylor students and parents took part in the fourth annual event, during which loyal volunteers help keep the City's largest park clean of debris, etc.
The Robotics Team, as it had the previous year, did the "dirty work" of getting into the heavy tree line to the east of the park. That area, due to winds, usually collects the most debris.
The cleanup day was created by Taylor resident Jim Taylor, who continues to be the key organizer and event driver. The event not only attracts over 200 volunteers annually, but a huge amount of sponsors who donated giveaways, etc. for the affair.
This year's event lasted about two hours, followed by drawing for valuable giveaways.
A special thanks to the Robotics Team for again "doing the dirty work!"
The final stop during the Blair Moody Elementary School second-grade tour of the City Hall complex was the fire station -- always a favorite spot.
The students listened to the firefighters explain how they staff the station, where they eat and sleep ... and even picked one firefighter to slide down the fire pole from the second floor to the department lobby. (They don't do that anymore, but the pole is still there!)
The climax of the tour was the fire vehicle bay, where the students got to explore a fire engine.
The second chapter of Blair Moody Elementary School's tour of the City Hall complex came at the District Court, where the second-graders had a chance to sit in on actual video arraignments in front of Judge Joseph Slaven.
Judge Slaven took the time to explain the process to the students between arraignments.
He then led the group through a mock trail, complete with student judge, jury, attorneys, detectives, suspects and court officers. After a short deliberation, the jury found the accused "not guilty" of stealing an iPad!
Last stop: Fire Department!
While at the PD, the students heard from Officers Hopper and Canning in the squad room, toured dispatch and the jails and got a first hand look at a police vehicle. They even had a chance to try on SWAT gear.
Next stop: District Court!