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Thunder Reads MRI Images

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Thunder reading the MRI images.

Hello Cool Cats,

It’s me again, your student teaching bear, Thunder! I spent the day with Mr. Canlapan and learned about operating the MRI machine. Have any of you had to have an MRI before? I know Mrs. Crosby did! Read below for a little info about Mr. Canlapan’s job.

I work in a Colorado Springs hospital as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist. I operate the machine in obtaining patient’s MRI images. My job served diverse patients from infants to seniors in the community. This type of technology is very important in diagnosing or finding different types of diseases. MRI scans are performed on brains, neck, back, knees, liver, and many more body parts. MRI can now be used to see inside the brain and how it functions.

I’m off to my next job!

Thunder T. Bear

Lightning Learns About Shared Services

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Lightning and Mr. Roberts

Lightning and Mr. Roberts

Good Morning Lightning! My name is Mr. Roberson and I am a senior executive at W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital.  We are so happy to have you join us today.  We hope you enjoy your intern experience.

Lightning, my job is to run a group we call Shared Services.  It’s the group that helps everyone else in the company get their jobs done.  At WJB, we provide a service to Americans who want to realize the dream of owning a home.  We loan people money, so they can own a home.  We are located in Centennial, CO, just south of Denver proper.  We have many loan officers across the nation trying to meet the people who need help buying a home.  We all spend time with people in the community helping them understand what we do and why we do it better than anyone else.  Our job helps others own homes and it gives them peace of mind that they can achieve the dreams they have for their life and their families.  If our job did not exist, it would be very difficult for most people to buy and own a home.  We believe it is important to serve others.  We value Integrity, Service and Commitment and we always put others before self.

Getting ready for the day.

Getting ready for the day.

Wow, I’m finally unpacked and ready for a very busy day.  I have a number of conference calls and several meetings.  My computer is hooked up and I am ready to go.  I can’t wait to learn more about Shared Services and how I can serve people who are trying to buy a house to live in.

In the meeting room.

In the meeting room.

What a long day…

I’m the last one here in the building and we helped a lot of people today.  I’m so happy we have companies like WJ Bradley.  It’s nice to help people realize their dream of home ownership.  I have to go now. It’s time for me to learn about someone else’s job.  Thank you WJ Bradley!  Thank you Mr. Roberson!

 

 

 

Lightning’s First Job is in Construction

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Hello Cool Cats, it’s Lightning!
I am so happy to be back assisting Mrs. Crosby in teaching you about Communities. I spent this internship with Ava’s dad at his construction firm. I learned so much. Please read the answers to our questions below for more information.

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Lightning checks out the office.

Lightning checks out the office.

My name is Gabe Godwin, I’m Ava’s Dad.  I’m President of Colorado Structures Inc., a General Contractor, with our Headquarters in Colorado Springs.

We provide construction services to clients like Sprouts, Home Depot, Lowes, and other Developers that need buildings built.

My job is mainly in the city, we build buildings in 18 western states including Alaska and Hawaii.  I have to travel to a lot of different states where we are building.

We are involved in each community we have offices in, which are Irvine, CA., Portland, OR., and Colorado Springs, CO.  We are involved in the local communities by volunteering and donating to local charities.  We also are involved with the Cities building officials because we work together to get pieces of land approved to build on, they also inspect and approve the buildings we build.

We support the local communities by building and developing buildings for clients that provide goods and services, for example grocery stores, hardware stores, doctor offices.

If there were no one to build buildings, the local communities would have no buildings for people to go and buy goods and services.  We also retro fit and remodel old buildings, if we did not do this, there would be a lot of old buildings that would not be safe.

Attached are pictures of Lightning working at my desk, taking a copy of herself and reading plans at our plan table.

Thank you, it was a pleasure working with Lightning, please let me know if you need anything else.

Lightning and Mr. Godwin

Thunder T. Bear is Back! He Meets a Dentist

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Hello Cool Cats! It has been a long year waiting for another chance to do an internship with one of our parents. I was so excited to get assigned to Dr. Allan, a Dentist in our community. During my day with him, I conducted an interview. I hope these answers help you understand why Dentist’s are an important part of our community.

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What is your job?  

Thunder Bear gets a checkup at Dr. Allan's Office.

Thunder Bear gets a checkup at Dr. Allan’s Office.

I’m a general dentist.

Do you provide goods or a service?
I am a health care provider who helps people keep their mouths healthy and free of disease.

Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
My office is located in the city.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
I serve on a local dental board which helps patients and other member dentists.  Not only do I help patients in my office, but I also help provide care to some patients who are unable to afford dental care via community events.  Both services are very rewarding.

How does your job support our community?
I help keep people pain free and have a healthy mouth.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
People would end up having cavities and likely not have teeth over years of no dental care.  This would make eating very difficult.

More information…
Since Lightning was at Dr. Allan’s office, he decided to have his tooth fixed.  Apparently Lightning ate too much candy over winter break and was not brushing his teeth well.  Dr. Allan numbed Lightning’s tooth and fixed his cavity.  Lightning feels much better now, and learned a better way to brush and floss his teeth.

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I can’t wait to see who I intern with next. Until then,
Your thunder friend,

Lignting T. Bear

Thunder Takes to the Skies

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Hello again, to Mrs. Crosby, and to the coolest first graders in all of Colorado!  
It’s Thunder the Teaching Assistant, back with another report about a fun intern experience I had with Tyler Willard’s Dad this past week.
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Tyler’s Dad is a pilot for the largest airline in the world, United Airlines.  He is currently assigned to fly a big airplane called the Airbus A-320.  This airplane seats 150 passengers, and flies to most big airports in the United States, and to other destinations as far south as South and Central America, and as far north as Alaska!  I found out a lot of cool things about being a pilot, and I got to see and do some neat things too!
Thunder with the flight crew.

Thunder with the flight crew.

 

Mr. Willard sits in the cockpit during the flight.  The cockpit, also known as the flight deck, is at the front end of the plane.  There are two pilots.  A Captain, and a First Officer.  They share their flying and non-flying duties, alternating every other flight.  I found out some interesting things when I was able to sit with them before and during the flight.

 

Prior to their flight, they plan the routing, check weather reports, make decisions about mechanical issues and fuel loading, and then head to the gate on the concourse where the airplane is

Thunder helps the ground crew.

Thunder helps the ground crew.

parked.  Before they leave to go fly, one of the pilots goes out and inspects the plane.  This is called a pre-flight inspection to ensure there is nothing damaged or leaking that might affect the safety of all the passengers.  I took some pictures of me sitting on the Tug, which pushes the airplane back from the gate.  I also helped the ramp people load some mail and luggage, and helped Tyler’s Dad inspect the all the plane’s parts.  Those engines sure are big!  While all the people were getting on the plane, I watched the pilots set up all the computers and controls, and then it was time to go!

 

My trip started on Friday night very late, and lasted 4 days.  We visited cities in Florida like Orlando, where Disney World is, and Mickey Mouse lives.  We also got to visit the Atlantic Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, which had a really nice beach.  Then we got to see Chicago which is up north in Illinois, and then finally back to Denver.  Airplanes fly at all hours of the day and night, and our first flight left Denver at Midnight, after all of you were already asleep.  We flew all the way to New York City, and landed at 5:30 in the morning.  The sun wasn’t even up yet!  I was so sleepy when we landed.  We flew at 38,000 feet above the ground.  That is more than 7 miles up in the sky.  We flew really fast, sometimes going more than 600 miles per hour.  That is the same as traveling 1 mile, every 6 seconds!  Some other cool things I learned about his plane…When they take off, they sometimes weigh almost 170,000 pounds, and carry as much as 43,000 pounds of gas!

 
Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

I learned that pilots and airplanes make it much easier for all of us to get to almost anywhere we want to go.  Aviation, which involves all types of aircraft, also provides other critical services for our community in so many ways.  Can any of you give me some examples of different kinds of jobs pilots do?

Remember, aviation does not include only airline jets, but also propeller planes and helicopters.  Aircraftcan help us get to far away places like England and China, or to closer places like Aspen or Vail a lot faster than driving or taking a boat.  Pilots and their aircraft perform all sorts of other duties, too.  Police can use aviation to arrest bad guys by flying above them when they try to get away.  Doctors can use aviation to carry a hurt person to the hospital really fast, and we can even use aviation to help us fight fires or monitor traffic jams!  Of course, we cannot forget the brave pilots in our military, who protect us from bad people and keep our country safe.
After spending four days flying around with Tyler’s Dad, I learned a lot of things about being a pilot and what they do.  It is a very rewarding job, because pilots help bring our big world much closer together, so everyone can visit those people and family members they want to see.  Fire fighters use pilots, as do hospitals, police departments, the post office, and our military.  I learned that boys and girls can be pilots.  I was also reminded by the pilots I met how important it is for you kids to always do your best in school.
Thanks for this opportunity to tell you a little about being a pilot.  I hope you enjoyed reading my research report.

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Thunder Interns as an Endodontist

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Hello Mrs. Crosby –

Thank you for sending Thunder to intern at my office.  Thunder did a great job, and we would love to have him back. We would love to offer him a job, but he has to finish some scholastic requirements before he can become an Endodontist in our office 🙂 I know the kids are excited to hear about his experience, so here are the answers to your questions:
Learning about teeth.

Learning about teeth.

 

What is your job?
I am an Endodontist.  Endodontists, also known as “root canal specialists” are dentists who receive additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp (which is the soft tissue inside the tooth) and peri-apical tissues (which includes the periodontal ligament and the bone around the tip of the root of the tooth).  The most common procedure that we perform is root canal therapy.  Because we are working in very small spaces inside the tooth, we use a special operating microscope so that we can see inside the tooth.
Do you provide goods or a service?
We provide a service, in the health care industry.
Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
We are located in the city.  Although dentists are needed by people in all of these different communities, dental specialists such as Endodontists are typically located in large population centers like cities and suburbs.
How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
Endodontists are available to take care of people in the community who develop a bad toothache or infection in their mouth.  If your family dentist determines that you have a particularly severe infection or a very complicated tooth, they will recommend that you have treatment performed by an Endodontist who has special training, equipment and experience to make sure that your tooth heals properly.  Also, Endodontists spend time interacting with other dentists in the community to educate them and keep them updated on modern developments in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal related problems.  
Thunder at the office.

Thunder at the office.

How does your job support our community?
My job helps to make sure all of the people in the community have healthy teeth.  A healthy mouth is a very important component of your overall health.  Think about all the things you do with your mouth….Smile, talk, breathe, eat! It is important to keep your mouth healthy so you can continue to do all these things throughout your life.  Also, we are the educators to other dentists in the Endodontic specialty area.  Therefore, we keep all of the dentists in our community current on advancements in technology and treatment in the field of Endodontics.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
If my job did not exist, people who develop a toothache would not be able to save their teeth.  Rather, the tooth would have to be pulled, or “extracted”.  Our first President, George Washington, lived during a time when there were no Endodontists.  Unfortunately, he had many bad teeth, and all of them had to be pulled.  He had to wear wooden false teeth, or “dentures”.  Maybe that is why you don’t see Mr. Washington smiling in any pictures?

 

Thank you again for the opportunity to host Thunder bear in my office.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any further information.  The attached pictures show Thunder using the surgical operating microscope in our office.  I hope you have a great day!
Sincerely,
Ryan Jack, DDS, MS

Lightning Leads Sales and Service at Progressive

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Hello Cool Cats!

It’s Lightning. I just spent some time with Mrs. Ransom. It was so interesting! I interviewed here throughout the day…here is a little from our conversation.

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Taking a conference call.

Taking a conference call.

Lightning working in Mrs. Ransom's office at Progressive.

Lightning working in Mrs. Ransom’s office at Progressive.

I am a manager at Progressive Insurance. I lead a Sales and Service unit and all the Sales New Hires. I’m responsible for 95 Customer Service Reps and 5 Supervisors. Today Lightning will help me by attending a conference call in which we will talk about how to better train our new hires. She will also go to a meeting that will talk about how to better help our Supervisors that lead New Hires. I also just restructured my unit, so she’ll help me with some communication. Change is hard, even for adults, so they might appreciate getting a hug from her.

·         I help people that sell and service auto insurance do their job effectively. They provide a service by helping people insure their property. Insurance is important because things like cars and motorcycles and boats and houses cost a lot of money, and insurance will help you with money if something bad happens to any of that property.

·         My job is located in the city, in fact I’m just down the street from DCC.  Sometimes my job is in other cities, so I travel a lot. In the last year, I’ve been to Phoenix, Cleveland, and Austin to do my job.

·         My community interactions are primarily with the supervisors. I help them to be effective leaders so they can help their teams to be effective in their jobs and careers. Sometimes I participate in job fairs and interview people who want to work here.

·         My job supports the community by ensuring that customers and potential customers receive excellent service when they call Progressive. Progressive also provides community support by conducting fundraisers, community service, and matching employee donations. One time I even helped build a playground at an elementary school that wouldn’t have otherwise had one!

Lightning enjoys a well-deserved coffee break.

Lightning enjoys a well-deserved coffee break.

·         Insurance is a pretty important thing. If it wasn’t around, people wouldn’t have money to replace their cars or motorcycles if they were stolen or in an accident. They wouldn’t be able to get their medical bills paid if they were hurt. They might also get in big trouble because insurance in required in every state!

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Well, I’m going to get some rest. I have another very busy day tomorrow with another DCC family.

See you soon,

Lightning

 

Thunder Learns What A General Manager Does

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Hello Everyone,

Today I spent the day with Jaxon’s dad Jason Oringer. Jason is the General Manager of Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers. Rocky Mountain is a car

Thunder on the phone.

Thunder on the phone.

dealership in the Powers Auto Park.

Jason’s job is to oversee the daily operations of the dealership. He is responsible for over 200 cars, 11 salesmen, 3 sales managers, 2 finance managers, advertising as well as flying around the country to buy cars to sell to the people of Colorado Springs. Jason spends a good part of his day making sure his salesmen help the customers buy a car that they not only love but can afford.

If Jason’s job did not exist there would be no one to run the store, train the staff or buy cars to sell to the people. I guess you could say if Jason just decided not go to work It would be like all the students going to school and when they got to school there were no teachers, principal or staff to teach the students. I am pretty sure there would be lots of chatting and playing but not very much learning. What do you boys and girls think would happen if there were no cars for people to buy, how would everyone get around?

Well it has been a long day and I had a great time, I even got to drive a brand new car today. Here is a picture of me on the phone with a customer helping them with questions about a new car.

Love,

Thunder T. Bear

Lightning Becomes and Engineer

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Hello Class!!

Airplanes that Mr. Wendall works with.

Airplanes that Mr. Wendall works with.

Today I worked with Julia and Jordan Lambert’s Dad, Wendel. He is a Project Engineer for a large Aircraft Engine Overhaul Company.

Lightning working hard.

Lightning working hard.

I spent my day helping with sales calls and answering engine problem questions, which is very important to get right, since you can’t pull over to the nearest cloud if you have a problem.
Mr. Lambert’s company provides a service to the community by overhauling turbine engines on commercial airlines, Fortune 500 Companies, general aviation, and the agricultural industry.
If this job did not exist, people would not be able to travel by air, all around the world for work or play.
Mr. Lambert’s job is located all over the United States, as he has to travel a lot. When he isn’t traveling, he

Off to work!

Off to work!

works from his home office. His company has 17 overhaul facilities, located all over the world to better serve the aviation community. Each company contributes and supports many charitable projects to numerous to list.

Until next time,

Lightning!!

Thunder Learns About Internal Medicine

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Hello class,

Thunder and Dr. Schultz.

Thunder and Dr. Schultz.

Today I worked with Jacob’s mom,Dr. Schultz.  She is a doctor of Internal Medicine, which means she takes care of adults.  She provides a service to the community, and works in the city of Colorado Springs.  She works with other physicians, nurses, therapists and patients in our community.  Her job helps people who are sick get better, and helps keep people from getting sick.  If her job did not exist, people who got sick might take a longer time to get better or more people might get sick, and not be able to work or play.

I learned a lot about staying healthy today. Until next time,

Thunder

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