Extraordinary responsibility and inspirational leadership
Nicole Starman, Office of Environmental Stewardship, U.S. EPA-Region 1 wrote: “Dwight Peavey’s integrated chemical management program has cleaned up and cleaned out hundreds of pounds of toxic chemicals in over 40 different schools making them a less hazardous place for children and staff throughout New England. When he sees a problem he corrects it. He doesn’t walk away and leave it that way…If the school doesn't have a certain item, such as lips on a shelf to prevent spillage, Dwight will construct them himself. He makes sure that the school has safe flammable and hazardous storage and that there is no risk to anyone whatsoever. This program is done free of cost to the school. Dwight and his team put their heart and soul into this project because no child should be exposed to an unnecessary and easily preventable risk. Please consider Dwight to be your 2011 Hero.”
- In Revere, Dwight and his team revolutionized how chemicals were stored, used and disposed of. He made Revere High School safer for everyone! Teachers continually tell me how much they have learned from Dwight (in the use of chemicals), and how he continues to be a resource for them.
- Science directors from Saugus to Somerville routinely tell me how their jobs are so much easier because Dwight has established a safety protocol in their high schools which has not only saved money, but made for a better environment for everyone.
- Lastly, when Dwight finished working at Greater Lawrence Technical High School, he said to me, " I sleep well at night knowing I have helped teachers and students work in a safer environment!"
- Tell the story of the March 18, 1937 Texas School Explosion.
- Promote inspirational examples of safety leadership and partnerships.
- Establish 21st century standards and safeguards for teaching safely and teaching safety.
- Bring safety from the margins to the core of school curriculum and community culture.
- Peter Swanson, Former Teacher and Department Chair at Quincy High School
- Robert Czerwinski, Acting Fire Chief in Pittsfield, Massachusetts