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Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day Toolkit

Below are some activity suggestions to help plan your local Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day.

  


  

BEHIND THE SCENES

Hold a "Behind the Scenes Look" at your local Office of Emergency Management Center, and learn about its ties to the safety of transit agency staff and consumers.


  

CAREER SHOWCASE DAY

Conduct a career showcase day for high school and/or college students that would allow them to visit the offices of consultants, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, agencies, and related businesses to highlight various jobs and tasks that factor into the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a transportation system.


  

STUDENT CONTEST

Have students create a new logo, develop a marketing plan for a new transportation service, or solicit student proposals on a public policy question related to transportation. Offer a prize or scholarship to the winner.


  

STUDENT SEMINAR

Bring students into a one day seminar that allows them to shadow transportation agency department staff. Provide breakfast and lunch, and begin the day with an introduction and welcome by the CEO or General Manager. Students will shadow staff in various departments, and the day will end with a presentation by the students describing what they learned from and about the organization.


  

TRANSPORTATION ADVOCACY DAY

Take a group of students to the state capitol and meet with officials and policymakers to talk about the importance of transportation.


  

TRANSPORTATION CAREER DAY 

Set up and conduct forums that discuss paths to rewarding careers in the transportation industry with students who are planning to attend college. Have industry personnel talk about their career paths and the needed skills for their roles.


  

TRANSPORTATION VIDEO CONTEST

Break the students into small groups and assign each group a transportation mode. Have each group research safety or general information about each mode, and then create a short 2-3 minute fun, interactive video.


 

OTHER SHORT-TERM ACTIVITIES

  • Introduce safety and rescue techniques for various modes of transportation.
  • Create a collage of different types of jobs in transportation.
  • Tour the local transit authority, airport, car manufacturer, or dispatch and command center.
  • Learn about bike safety.
  • Hold a coloring drawing and coloring contest of various types of transportation (bikes, cars, planes, etc.).
  • Have students pick a transportation mode and create a safety video for younger students.
  • Have students create a transportation Web page.
  • Hold a "Career Day" and have industry professionals come to class and talk to students about the exciting things involved in their career.

   

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION FOR COMTO CHAPTERS

  • Be sure to get feedback from students
  • Include real-life transportation career options
  • Internships are hard to find; consider holding an "internship fair" as part of your activities
  • Budget for Garrett Morgan Day activities
  • Partner with local businesses, agencies, and educators to conduct activities
  • Members should plan to volunteer their time
  • Be sure to contact local schools K-12, as well as colleges and universities, to educate them about the Garrett Morgan Day program

  

Have suggestions to add to the toolkit? Send them to national@comto.org.

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