2018-2019 CAC AmeriCorps members serving at Knox County Stormwater.
From left to right: Alexis Jenkin, Nora Jacobs, Eric Valeriano, Lisa Cicchetti
Number of hours served by the members to date: 4,800
Only 40% of Knox County students are reading on grade level by third grade. Mayor Glenn Jacobs initiated the Read City USA collaborative to engage and empower the community of parents, educators, caregivers and institutions to ensure that all children develop a love of reading and learning. The AmeriCorps team has been encouraging literacy and environmental education through a new series of children's books. These books are illustrated and written by members of the team. The books engage children in stories about animated objects that travel through a life-cycle of a typical polluant found in local streams. The AmeriCorps members are currently working with local libraries to set up times to share the book.
The Stormwater Department is required to regularly inspect the Public Works Campus for pollution and make suggestions for how to make the campus less impactful to the nearby creek. The AmeriCorps team noticed that inspections were recording actions that would improve water quality on the Public Works Campus, but it was difficult to determine if they were being followed up on because there was no way to document corrective actions. A member designed an electronic system to help make the forms easier to update and to prompt improvements when needed.