March 5, 2018
On March 5th, 2018, New York City Department of Design and Construction Program Director Judy Bernard, a landscape architect in the Public Buildings Division, presented to the 2nd grade class of PS 154 in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Judy explained how she helps design and construct NYC Court Houses and answered many questions about how NYC was planned and how buildings in the city are constructed.
The students were participating in PS 154’s City Worker Day, a day dedicated to learning about how the city operates. It is an opportunity to expose students to the broad variety of careers and professions in NYC government. The 2nd grade social studies curriculum at PS 154 is dedicated to learning all about NYC. Students learn about landforms, the early Dutch settlers, and the many landmark buildings and civic structures in each borough. They also learn about how the city functions and about how it is to build and maintain the city. Each worker spoke about their job responsibilities and what they do on a day to day basis. The children went around the room interviewing the workers asking very insightful questions.
Other city employees joined Judy, including representatives from the NYC Fire Department, the NYC Police Department, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development, and the MTA, a sitting judge, an Assistant District Attorney, a sign language teacher and the PS 154 school nurse and principal.
Judy wore her personal protection equipment and spoke to students about the importance of safety gear such as hard hats, reflective vests, safety goggles, and steel toed boots. She also showed students an example of Manhattan schist, more commonly known as bedrock and showed them images of a variety of court houses around the city.