07.01.16

Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: Students of Dawson County High and Industrial Arts Teacher Dean Myer

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the students of Dawson County High School and Industrial Arts teacher Dean Myer. Thanks to their initiative and hard work, children and families in Dawson County will be able to create wonderful memories this summer at Penninger Park.

 MT of the Week

Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. 

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: 

  MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

     MR. DAINES. MR. President, today I would like to recognize the students of Dawson County High School and Industrial Arts teacher Dean Myer. Thanks to their initiative and hard work, children and families in Dawson County will be able to create wonderful memories this summer at Penninger Park.

     Due to staffing issues and delays at the Public Works Office, brand new playground equipment had been sitting dormant in a storage unit for over a year and a half. The students and their teacher, Mr. Myer recognized the problem and pro-actively decided pull the equipment out and construct it for all to enjoy. 

     Hands-on problem solving is a wonderful Montana lesson and I am proud to see our educators teaching the next generation practical skills in an innovative and community centered manner. With an eagerness to learn and help their community they started work on the project in April and completed it before the end of the school year.

     The students in Mr. Myers class took on nearly every aspect of this project from reading the blue prints and measuring the site to learning how to operate complicated equipment. I am so impressed with the pro-active teaching of Mr. Myer. I truly believe that you remember a lesson a lot longer if it requires you to get a little dirt under your fingernails.

     Along with technical skills the students learned an invaluable lesson on how to work together. Their teacher says, “One thing the class really emphasizes is getting along with other workers.” Thanks to their cooperation, Jack Rice, Glendive Public Works Director, is now hoping to collaborate with Mr. Myers and future classes on upcoming community projects. 

    Their camaraderie and hard work will leave a lasting impact on the community of Glendive. For years to come this park will be a place where Montanans can come to run, climb, laugh and enjoy the outdoors. In 20 years, I hope that those responsible for this park, will return to take their children to play on the slides and jungle gym they helped build.

      Thank you to the students and Mr. Meyer. I look forward to hearing about the next innovative work you will do together to benefit Montanans in the future.

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