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Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Phoenix Third-Graders

A decade-long partnership between the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club and the Phoenix Central School District continued this year with the annual dictionary giveaway.

Rotarians visited with third-graders to discuss the service organization and teach students how to get the most out of the dictionaries they received.

Ellen Nowyj, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club president, thumbed through the reference material as she identified resources such as maps, the periodic table and punctuation guides. She noted it was rewarding to be able to provide dictionaries to all 141 third-grade students.

“This is likely their first reference book that they own,” Nowyj said. “They can take it home and learn so many things.”

MAM students learn about police K-9s

First-graders at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School embraced the giving spirit this holiday season and raised money for area law enforcement efforts.

The students collected more than $400 for the New York State Troopers Foundation, which will be used to purchase safety equipment for a police K-9. To show their gratitude for the students’ contributions, two NYS Troopers and their four-legged companions recently met with the first-graders inside the intermediate cafeteria.

Troopers Kevin Conners and Kylie Black talked about their dogs, the training they experienced and the qualities that make for a good police dog. Black’s K-9, a German shepherd named Rudd, demonstrated his powerful nose as he successfully sniffed out a fake explosive device. Students clapped and cheered as Rudd and Schini, a Bloodhound, showed off their skills.

After learning the value of employing police K-9s, the students were happy that their contributions will help bolster the force. The money the first-graders raised will go toward equipment for the newest K-9 recruit, who will be based out of the Fulton barracks.

PCSD Employees Support United Way

Faculty, staff and administrators in the Phoenix Central School District continued an annual tradition this holiday season by donating to the United Way of Oswego County.

As part of a two-week effort, dozens of PCSD employees opted for payroll deductions and made other contributions to support the local United Way. Their efforts netted more than $1,500 for the organization, which aims to stop hunger, help children and youth succeed, and improve the health and well-being of the community.

According to Nicole Covell, who helped spearhead the campaign on behalf of the school district, the generosity was truly a team effort. Employees in all departments and at all buildings participated in the effort.

“This district is incredibly caring about its students and its community,” Covell said. “The fundraising effort was fantastic, and all the money stays right here in Oswego County.”

Phoenix students pack donated food items for community

Students from John C. Birdlebough High School recently packed nearly 285 boxes of donated food items from their annual holiday school food drive that will help local families in the community.

Joining forces with the Phoenix Lions Club, the Phoenix Central School District exceeded the 220 boxes that were packed last year. Donation bins were made available at each building in the District and also advertised at holiday concert performances.

The annual holiday school food drive usually takes place in the month of December just before the holiday season. Coordinator of the donations and High School Physical Education Teacher Angela Neiss said to keep watch for next year’s drive and don’t miss the chance to make someone else’s holiday season a little brighter.


Students at John C. Birdlebough High School recently teamed with the
Phoenix Lions Club to make the holidays brighter for area residents in
 need. They packed boxes full of food items that will help nearly 285
 families in the community. Pictured, from left, are students Kellen
Arnold and Hunter Nerber; Phoenix Lions Club charter member Gordon
Tappan; student Lauren Porter; and JCB teacher Angie Neiss.  

Dictionaries for Every Michael A Maroun Third-Grader

The Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club donated 137 dictionaries to each third grade student at Michael A Maroun Elementary.

Every year, each third grade classroom selects two representatives to meet with rotary club representatives to accept the dictionaries. The rotary club speaks to these students about how to use the resource guide and also tells them a little about what their service organization does.

“Rotary is all over the world,” said rotary club speaker Ellen Nowyj. “It was founded in 1905 in the city of Chicago by a man named Paul Harris who wanted to bring the community together; the first thing they did was raise money for a public toilet.”

Students flipped through the pages of the dictionaries as the rotary club members pointed out interesting topics such as the American Flag. These students will later teach their peers how to navigate the resource.

Principal Mary Stanton thanked the rotary club members for their continuing generosity and encouraged the students to follow their example in service to the community.

“From a principal to a student, I want to let you know that doing good things for the community is always wonderful, never stop helping others!” said Stanton.


The Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club donates 137 dictionaries to third grade students at Michael A Maroun Elementary.


District employees raise money for Oswego County Traffic Safety Board

The Phoenix Central 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, resulting in a $905 donation.

A long-running partnership between the district and the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board has contributed to the success of the yearly safety expo and has helped ensure the community is armed with the knowledge and equipment to keep them safe while on bicycles and in motor vehicles, according to district personnel.

“For the past seven years Billie Crandall Brady and the Traffic Safety Board has helped us with our safety expo,” said PCSD 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.”

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.


Members of the Phoenix Central School District present a $905 donation to Billie Crandall Brady, of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board. From left are PCSD head bus driver Darlene Yerdon; PCSD Transportation Department Supervisor Mary Gracey; Brady; Superintendent Judy Belfield; bus driver Debbie Moffat; transportation department secretary Cindy Lees; and PCSD Business Administrator Karl Seckner.

“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 that 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.”