St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Strong Community Partners Lead to a Vibrant Community

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 7:20 AM

As a member of this community, we value our relationships with city, business, and school leaders. There are many services provided by our local government. In fact, you may not even be aware of the many pieces of the partnership we have with them.

• A member of the Portland Police Department serves as a liaison to the Chief of Police on our behalf. In addition, the officer helps conduct lock down drills with the students and plans safety measures with the school administration. The police department also provides an officer for our community events in which we may disrupt traffic or need extra assistance, such as leading our annual homecoming parade.

• The Portland Fire Department has an annual fire safety assembly the first week of October. They also assist in running and supervising at least one fire drill each year and assist with any changes that may need to be instituted or implemented. The fire department also sends several members to ignite and supervise our annual homecoming bonfire.

• We work with the City each year in the planning and coordinating of the picking up and removal of leaves on our Annual Thanksliving Day.

Most recently, we have been working with the City on additional safety measures for our school and parish grounds. These include but are not limited to:

• Looking at and reviewing parking on Union Street when ballgames and the parish festival are taking place. It was recently approved to only allow parking on one side of Union Street by the City Council during their November meeting. No Parking signs have been installed with the goal of improving the safety of pedestrians, traffic flow and emergency vehicle access.

• Reviewing the intersection of West Street and E. Grand River Avenue for the safety of students crossing to and from the student parking lot as well as Alton Park. You may have already noticed the new school crossing signs that have been installed recently. We are active members of the Safe Routes to School grant application committee. Other members of the committee include Portland Public Schools Superintendent Will Health, Transportation Director Gary Bond, City Manager Tutt Gorman and City Engineer John Moxey.

• Reviewing the safety of students playing in Alton Park with the possibility of finding grants and/or donations to upgrade the playground equipment. As a part of the Building Healthy Communities grant, St. Patrick School donated and installed a Ga Ga Ball pit at Alton Park. The Portland City Parks and Recreation Department accepted a donation of fencing, on our behalf, for the front of Alton Park along Grand River Ave. and approval for the installation has been completed. We need volunteers to install the fencing. Please contact us if you would be willing to lead this project and more information will be provided.

Ultimately, it is important to us that we continually stay in contact with our local government to not only work together for the betterment of our community but also to teach our students to be good citizens. It is important that we all take responsibility for being good stewards of what we have here in our community.

We thank everyone who is employed by and represents the City of Portland for working with St. Patrick School and for all they do for our community.


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