I had a blast today at my son's preschool - Woodside School in Concord, NH. I went to talk to the kids all about construction and Public Works (again!). The kids were fantastic listeners and really enjoyed trying on all the gear and playing with the measuring tools that I brought. They also loved the construction story that I read to them. My son Caleb helped point to all the photos on my posters as I explained them to the kids and helped me hold the street signs. Thanks Caleb for being such a great helper and to the teachers for inviting me back again this year!
Please join the NH Granite State Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in celebration of Women In Construction (WIC) Week, March 2nd - 8th.
Our chapter is volunteering at the NH Food Bank and also having a Women's Build Event in celebration of WIC Week. If you would like to join us at either of these events next week, please call Meghan Theriault at (603) 365-6160 or email her today. We ask that you take time out of your day to recognize a woman in construction that you know or work with!
Our chapter held a Block Kids Lego Competition at the Christa Mccullough School in Concord NH on January 31st. We talked to all the students about construction related careers and the different construction equipment that is used on job sites.
All students who participated received a bag full of goodies and a hardhat. We gave out prizes to the top three lego designs and submitted the top design into the Regional Block Kids Competition.
Our winner was a fourth grade student, Connor, that built a bridge. He was enthusiastic about bridge building and considers it a potential career choice (along with professional football playing)! The string represents handrails, and there are stairs at each end for access. Significant attention was put into keeping a symmetrical and balanced design!
I'm excited to say that I was nominated and selected as one of WZID's 20 Outstanding Women in NH for 2014. Our current president, Patricia Stagno, won this award last year so it's pretty neat that a 2nd Granite State Chapter member was selected.
I'm being recognized for my involvement with several schools where I teach students about careers in engineering, at the high school level, and all about construction and public works, at middle and elementary school levels. I combine this educational aspect with touch-a-truck events during Public Works Week and over the summer at the Goffstown library and schools. I've even been to my sons preschool to talk all about construction and public works to the children there as my feeling is your never to young to learn about construction!
Lastly, I am the Exhibitor Coordinator, for an amazing event called NH Construction Career Days which is held annually for over 1,000 high school students across NH. This event allows students the chance to try hands-on activities and learn about construction and transportation related careers. We offer welding, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, engineering, logging, tree climbing, surveying, plowing, truck driving, heavy equipment operation and more! We also team up with several colleges and apprenticeship programs so students are aware of their options after high school. I encourage you to check out our website at www.nhccd.weebly.com. We are always looking for sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers to help with this fantastic event!
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