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Community Serves As ‘Driving’ Force Behind Transportation Safety Expo

PHOENIX – Although school was not in session, the parking lots surrounding the Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Center were packed on a recent Saturday for the 10th annual Safety Expo.

Lily Lovell, a student at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, navigates a bicycle through a course designed to teach safety when approaching intersections and potential road hazards. The bike rodeo was one of the many activities held in conjunction with the Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Safety Expo held in mid-October.
Lily Lovell, a student at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, navigates a bicycle through a course designed to teach safety when approaching intersections and potential road hazards. The bike rodeo was one of the many activities held in conjunction with the Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Safety Expo held in mid-October.

Hundreds of Phoenix Central School District students, staff, parents and community members were on hand for the event, hosted by the district’s Transportation Department.

The action-packed day featured giveaways, a bicycle rodeo, a rollover simulator, crafts, face painting, bus safety demonstrations and several other family-friendly activities.

“The families were able to learn about safety from many different perspectives,” said PCSD Transportation Supervisor Mary Gracey. “The event was a tremendous success and it would not be possible without the support of our employees and community sponsors.”

Donors, volunteers and other “driving” forces behind the event’s success were: Lapinske Farm, the Michael A. Maroun Parent-Faculty Organization, Miller’s Auto, Judy Belfield, Karl Seckner, John Allen, Mary Gracey, Gracey’s Excavating, Steve Musso, PCSD Operations & Maintenance, Phoenix Enterprise Fire Department, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion, J&J Collision and Sales, Phoenix Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5540, Abate, The Gingersnap Bakery, Phoenix Sports Restaurant, The Medicine Shop, Just Donuts, Byrne Dairy, Nice & Easy, State Farm, Lesnecky’s Green House, Price Chopper, Toys R Us, Bennett Racing, Sears Construction, Carol Touron, the New York State Police, AAA, Tammy and James, Gun Safety, Oswego County Traffic Safety Council, Caughdenoy Fire Department, town of Schroeppel, CSEA, Henderson Dairy, Larkins Restaurant, Phoenix Police Department, PCSD Food Service, Mona Heck, RN, Menter Ambulance, Coast Guard, Earl Rudy, Child Advocacy Center, The Farm, Wal-Mart, RFH’s, Tasswood’s Bakery, and the PCSD Transportation Department.