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Safety Expo shines despite rainy weather

Dreary fall weather couldn’t keep the Phoenix community indoors on Saturday, as hundreds ventured into the cold for the Safety Expo.

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School second grader Kayla Myers is safely strapped into a wheelchair as she sees how the chairlift works on one of the Phoenix Central School District’s buses. There were dozens of other safety activities for participants during Saturday’s annual Safety Expo.
Michael A. Maroun Elementary School second grader Kayla Myers is safely strapped into a wheelchair as she sees how the chairlift works on one of the Phoenix Central School District’s buses. There were dozens of other safety activities for participants during Saturday’s annual Safety Expo.

For the better part of a decade, the Phoenix Central School District Transportation Department has organized the event, which unites students, community members and local agencies for a day of safety and fun.

With bicycle giveaways, candy, crafts, bus safety demonstrations and other activities, the expo offered a bit of everything for attendees of all ages.

“This is a terrific event,” said PCSD bus driver Pam Considine, as she volunteered her time painting faces during the expo. “The kids love it and we love it.”

According to PCSD Transportation Department Supervisor Mary Gracey, when the first-ever Safety Expo began eight years ago, she never envisioned so many local organizations, employees, students and community members would attend.

Alivia Smith (left) and Allie Smith are all smiles as they display the school buses they created during Saturday’s annual Safety Expo in Phoenix.
Alivia Smith (left) and Allie Smith are all smiles as they display the school buses they created during Saturday’s annual Safety Expo in Phoenix.

However, the event exceeded all expectations and now boasts a list of individual and corporate donors that includes dozens of local businesses, nonprofits, public safety agencies, school district employees and community contributors.

“Everybody comes together, it really is a community effort. We are so thankful for everyone who helped make this year’s Safety Expo a success,” Gracey said. “Even with the rain, people still came out.”