Back to School Day-Waukee Then and Now
On April 30 South Middle School (SMS) held a “Back to School Day-Waukee Then and Now” event. About 50 Waukee senior citizens who are members of TRIAD attended the event alongside SMS student ambassadors.
“Community support and partnerships are important. We saw this as a great way to get community members that may no longer have connections with the school involved and informed about the work we are doing,” Chris Bergman, SMS principal, said.
Seventh and eighth graders shared a presentation about what it’s like to be a student at SMS and explained the types of classes and learning opportunities that are available to them. Waukee senior citizens and students enjoyed lunch together while talking about how school has changed, “Then and Now.” The event also featured performances by the Jazz Band and building tours.
The City of Waukee Senior TRIAD program involves senior citizens in the community. TRIAD (Talk, Respond, Involve, Assist and Deterrent) is a program started by the Waukee Police Department to help keep seniors in the community informed and educated with special topics such as identity theft, scams, safety, fraud, blood pressure checks, fire safety and other activities. TRIAD meets the last Wednesday of every month at noon at the community center in Waukee with different speakers/topics each month. The goal is to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly. Interested seniors should contact the Waukee Police Department.