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September 18, 2018

Operation Lifesaver Visits APW Middle School


PARISH, NY – Students from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School welcomed representatives from CSX to their Family and Consumer Sciences class recently to learn about railway safety.

J.D. "Joe" Croteau of CSX points out the immense damage that can be caused by ignoring railroad crossing indicators at his recent visit to APW Middle School. Two representatives from CSX visited Sybil Ruffels’ sixth grade Family and Consumer Sciences class to teach students about the importance of railway safety, as part of a national Operation Lifesaver campaign.

J.D. "Joe" Croteau of CSX points out the immense damage that can be caused by ignoring railroad crossing indicators at his recent visit to APW Middle School. Two representatives from CSX visited Sybil Ruffels’ sixth grade Family and Consumer Sciences class to teach students about the importance of railway safety, as part of a national Operation Lifesaver campaign.

J.D. “Joe” Croteau and Tony Pascarella of CSX conducted an interactive presentation as part of Operation Lifesaver, a safety campaign which utilizes various “Look, Listen, and Live” principles to increase railway safety awareness.

Sybil Ruffels’ sixth grade class remained engaged throughout the visit, asking questions and letting out gasps of amazement as they learned fun and interesting facts about trains, tracks and road signs that could someday save their lives.

Students were also encouraged to share what they learned with family members and the community at large, to help build a safer environment for everyone.

The Family and consumer sciences class is an elective at APW that aims to combine aspects of social and natural science while emphasizing relationships between individuals, families, and communities, and the environment in which they live.

APW sixth grade students from Sybil Ruffels’ Family and Consumer Sciences class show their support for Operation Lifesaver, a national public awareness campaign developed in 1972 to lower train-related collisions and fatalities. From left are: Operation Lifesaver Educator J.D. Croteau, Ellen Parker, Megan Ruffos, FCS Instructor Sybil Ruffels, Kaila Paninski, Brandon Johnson, and Operation Lifesaver Educator Tony Pascarella.

APW sixth grade students from Sybil Ruffels’ Family and Consumer Sciences class show their support for Operation Lifesaver, a national public awareness campaign developed in 1972 to lower train-related collisions and fatalities. From left are: Operation Lifesaver Educator J.D. Croteau, Ellen Parker, Megan Ruffos, FCS Instructor Sybil Ruffels, Kaila Paninski, Brandon Johnson, and Operation Lifesaver Educator Tony Pascarella.

The class is broken up into units that include disciplines such as Human Development, Personal Environment Management, Family/Parenting, Nutrition & Wellness, Human Development, Financial Management, Career Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Consumer Resource Management, as well as other related subjects.

Designed to enrich and enhance the students’ academic experience, the elective classes at A-P-W Middle School provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects and interests.

Some of the elective classes include topics like animals, sports, wilderness, pet care, library, French, and boat/snow safety.

To learn more about the elective classes available at the A-P-W Middle School, contact the main office at 625-5200.

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