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December 18, 2014

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Blueprint and Basketball
 

If all Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety members were as passionate as ICU nurse Ray Staggs, the Blueprint message would be everywhere, every day, throughout the 20 counties of the Northwest District. Ray works twelve-hour shifts in the ICU and still finds time to devote to spreading the message of the Coalition, in addition to being a full-time husband and father. Ray formerly worked as a trauma nurse and has seen first-hand the results of what might have been avoidable crashes. He has made it his goal to reduce fatalities in our region and volunteers at every opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving, impaired driving and unrestrained drivers and passengers.

This year, Ray has worked closely with Bishop LeBlond High School in St. Joseph, Missouri, with the Battle of the Belt program. He assisted them in their seatbelt checks, education programs and continues to plan programs, even though the Battle of the Belt program has ended for this year. Thanks for all you do, Ray!

 
LeBlond Parking Lot
Ray Staggs, who holds down a full-time job as an ICU nurse at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, also painted "buckle up!" messages in the LeBlond High School parking lot and assisted them with their Battle of the Belt efforts this year.
Table at the LeBlond Basketball Game
Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety members Stephanie Malita and Ray Staggs set up a table last Friday night at LeBlond High School's basketball game in St. Joseph.
 
Child wearing Fatal Vision goggles
Many young basketball fans at the LeBlond game wanted to try on the Fatal Vision goggles.
Children playing the Arrive Alive ball toss game
They also enjoyed the Buckle Up/Arrive Alive ball toss game during the basketball game.
 
Maintenance Superintendents Meeting
 
Maintenance Superintendent Meeting
The maintenance superintendents invited several guests to their regular meeting this month, including the customer service team and Safety and Health Manager Diane Sipes.
Maintenance Superintendent Meeting
A lively discussion was held about ways to improve our customer satisfaction ratings and changes to the customer service database and procedures.
 
Committee Hosts Christmas Dinner
 
All year, the Concessions Committee hosts fundraiser's that culminate in their annual Christmas dinner. By contributing to events like ice cream socials and pumpkin carvings, these employees raise the funds to have a catered dinner and door prizes for the district office staff. A big thank you to the four-person team on all their hard work throughout the year that led to this fun time to get together during the hectic holiday season!
 
Table of employees at the District Office holiday dinner
District office employees spent some time before the meal relaxing, mingling and chatting.
Employees at the District Office holiday dinner
Desserts were secured early, as there are always favorites that disappear quickly!
 
Buffet line
HyVee catered the meal with fried chicken, pork loin, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad and delicious rolls.
Concessions Committee
After a year's worth of hard work and fundraising, the Concessions Committee led the charge down the tasty buffet line.
 
From the Field
 
Ditching on Route O in Harrison County
Bethany Senior Maintenance Workers Bryan Craig and Brennen Price took advantage of continuing good weather last week to clean out a ditch on Route O in the northwest corner of Harrison County.
 
 
 

For more info

Marcia Johnson
Customer Relations Specialist
Northwest District
816.387.2495
Marcia.Johnson@modot.mo.gov

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