Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell presents first Sand Hill Crane Crossing sign
Commissioner Welton Cadwell presented the first Sand Hill Crane Crossing sign in Lake County to Umatilla Middle School Principal Kelly Sanders, Civics teacher Heather Livengood and two of her students, Desiree Schildroth and Sam Miller during the Umatilla City Council meeting held Tuesday, March 18th.
Ms. Livengood encouraged the students to think about a Civic engagement project. Students in each class noticed Sand Hill Cranes were getting killed by vehicles. This upset the students because the birds mate for life and the students were concerned over what happens to the dead bird’s mate. The students did research and developed a power point presentation showing the history of the Sand Hill Crane, an outline of the problems, and expected outcomes. They approached Mayor Wright who met with Commissioner Cadwell to determine how the county could respond.
Commissioner Cadwell noted the students inspired him with their concern about the situation. They showed the proper way to ask for something. Commissioner Cadwell presented the sign to be displayed in Ms. Livengood's classroom for a week, after which it will be returned to the county for installation. Commissioner Cadwell encouraged the students to use their energy to tackle another project, stating, "Government can work at your local level and it only works because you care. Elected officials do not always know all the problems." Commissioner Cadwell noted the sign was paid for by gas taxes which comes from a percentage of what the student's parents pay for gas.
Pictured: Civics teacher Heather Livengood, Commissioner Welton Cadwell, student Sam Miller, Principal Kelly Sanders, student Desiree Schildroth, Mayor Laura Wright
UMS Students with sign