Phoenix school district employees ‘pay it forward’ to the community

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix school district recently spearheaded a campaign to pay it forward to an organization that has brought the message of bicycle, passenger, driver and pedestrian safety to the community.

A long-running partnership between the district and the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board has contributed to the success of the yearly safety expo.

The expo has helped ensure the community is armed with the knowledge and equipment to keep them be safe while on bicycles and in motor vehicles, district personnel said.

The employee group donated $905 to the traffic safety organization.

“For the past seven years, Billie Crandall Brady and the Traffic Safety Board has helped us with our safety expo,” said the district’s transportation department secretary Cindy Lees.

“They helped with the bike rodeo and donated helmets for every bike we gave away. They also did two car seat checks for the community. Billie is dedicated to traffic safety education for children and adults,” she said.

As a result of the partnership, the district wanted to show their support by holding a raffle. A lottery tree containing $50 worth of tickets was raffled off during a two-week period, and the results were overwhelming, Lees said.

“Once I sent an email out to our staff to let them know about the raffle, my inbox was full of responses within an hour,” Lees said. “We ended up raising $905, and some of our employees sold tons of tickets.”

Bus driver Harry Moffat sold 90 tickets, including the winning one to Smokey Horton.

While Horton was the winner of the lottery tickets, Brady said the community members are the real winners.

“This is just fantastic,” Brady said. “We depend on state funding and times are tough. This money will go a long way.

“We’ll be able to buy a lot of bike helmets thanks to this generous donation. On behalf of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, I would like to thank the Phoenix school district and the transportation department for their generosity.”

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