Several lineworkers returned to the classroom to energize Elkhart students. What they didn’t expect -- to the leave with a homework assignment.
Four lineworkers from the Elkhart district visited Pierre Moran Elementary to teach students about their jobs. It’s part of the Elkhart Education Foundation’s Spark program, which connects local businesses to students to engage them about career opportunities.
“We had a blast answering questions, letting students try on and touch our tools. It was great to interact with the kids and see how inquisitive they are about various careers they might not know exist, especially with our trade,” said Ryan Miller, Distribution System Supervisor.
Joining Miller at the school was Jared Bennet, Nate Jacobs and Dalton Perrault with the Elkhart line department. While the lineworkers were the ones giving a lesson on electricity and how they maintain the safe and reliable flow of energy, they actually left with a job order.
“A student told us about a downed line and we looked into it. We discovered it was a cable line and made sure it was reported in to get fixed,” said Miller. “We want these young students to know we value them and what they can bring to our community. Plus, anyone can report a safety hazard to us.”
The students already want the lineworkers to return for a second visit -- this time with a bucket truck.