“When somebody cuts down brush and puts it on the side of the road, what happens to it?” Alexander City Public Works Department director Gerard Brewer asked Jim Pearson Elementary School second-graders Friday.

“It gets run over,” one replied.

It wasn’t the answer Brewer expected but that’s why he and members of his department were there — to explain all the things public works does to keep the city clean, water draining, toilets flushing and roads open.

The school is observing National Public Works Week and the students are taking part in a contest in which they will each make a drawing about what public works means to them. The top drawings will run in The Outlook and on the public works department’s Facebook page, and the winning drawing will be featured on the T-shirts worn by public works employees.