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by Teresa Forsythe Warren
Plan a trip to a pump station, find out about the city election process, or use the tool trailer for a park beautification project Ė these are just a few of the free resources and educational programs available through the City of Allen and related organizations. A complete resource book will be available at the upcoming Educatorís Expo on September 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Ron Gentry Training Center, Central Fire Station, 310 Century Parkway.
The Educatorís Expo is an annual event hosted by City staff to provide information about all the programs, projects and resources available to anyone that plans educational activities. The Expo also provides the ability to meet and visit with program representatives.
Some of the programs offered include:
Mayorís Office City Hall Tour
Meet the Mayor
Fire Department Station Tours
Bunker Gear/Apparatus Display (includes child-size bunker gear)
Citizenís Fire Academy and Explorer Post 1953
Allen Heritage Guild
Parks and Recreation
Tool Trailer Program
Urban Forestry Field Trips
Volunteer Opportunities for Scouting groups
Animal Shelter Field Trips, Volunteer Opportunities, Pet Care Presentations
Community Relations Programs on topics such as identity theft, child safety seat installation and stranger danger
Citizen Police Academy and Explorer Post 2000
Preschool Story Times
Programs on curb appeal and property maintenance
Collin County AgriLife Extension Service
4-H, Master Gardeners Association and Junior Master Gardeners
Programs on Recycling, Waste Management, and Household Hazardous Waste
Environmental Programs on Water, Water Conservation
Lesson Plan Resources
Educator In-Service Workshops
Community Waste Disposal
Field Trip to Materials Recovery Facility
A detailed list of programs and resources is available through the 2007 Education and Outreach Guide currently posted online at www.cityofallen.org, click Community Services (under Accessing City Hall), Keep Allen Beautiful, Public Education and Outreach. The 2008 Education and Outreach Guide features additional programs and resources and will be posted online following the Educatorís Expo. Copies of the 2008 guide, resource give-aways, snacks and door prizes will be available at the Expo.
The Educatorís Expo is a project sponsored by Keep Allen Beautiful and the City of Allen. The Expo is free of charge; however, attendees are asked to RSVP so that adequate guides and resource information will be available. To RSVP, please call the City of Allen Community Services at 214-509-4552.