Teaching our children well

By Ellen Cooke

LWS-PS204-02We’re ‘Leading with Safety’ at local schools … most recent stops, PS 204 in Brooklyn and two Staten Island schools!

Thanks to employee volunteers in downstate NY, nearly 250 fourth grade students at PS 204 in Brooklyn are now well acquainted with the importance of natural gas safety, warning signs of carbon monoxide, how to prevent damage to our systems and more.

power to serve logoFor the past three years – and with demand showing no signs of slowing down – employees across our service area have shared their passion, knowledge and expertise with eager young people across our US service area through our Leading with Safety (LWS) program. Leading with Safety is one of four signature programs under our Power to Serve employee volunteer umbrella program, with LWS targeted to students K-12.

LWS-PS204-2“Leading with Safety is an interactive program that’s supported by our Operating areas,” explains Lee Westerlind, Principal Program Manager, Community and Customer Management (C&CM). “We provide students with important safety information, which we then encourage them to share with their family and friends. The event at PS 204 is a perfect example of the positive impact this program is having within our communities.”

“PS 204 loves us,” agrees Carol Decina, Manager, C&CM, “which is why they keep asking us back, and why we’re already invited back for next year! The students were really engaged and anxious to learn about natural gas safety. I want to give special thanks to our field volunteers, as their interactive demonstration of PPE and work tools were particularly interesting to the students.”

LWS-PS204--1Here were this year’s LWS volunteers at PS 204 (both office and field workers): Carol Decina, Christina Gueli (Intern, C&CM), James Ford (Intern, Resource Planning), Michele Federici (Manager, HR), Victoria Cifone (Intern, Social Media), Jesse McCord (Service Technician, CMS), Joseph Casaletto ( Analyst, Contact Center), Leanna Andreu ( Analyst, Contact Center), James Trezzino (Fitter, CMS), Daniel Abell (Supervisor, Dispatch) and Frederick Pisani (Coordinator, Resource Planning)

National Grid also recently participated in the Education component of this year’s SIEDC (Staten Island Economic Development Corp) Green & Clean Festival on Staten Island. We provided our Leading with Safety program to more than 150 excited students from Saint Clare School (grades 2 and 3) and Intermediate School – IS 75 (grade 7).

Visit the Power to Serve portal or contact your Regional Volunteer Council or Linda Clark to find out more about how you can get involved in Leading with Safety or to sign up for other upcoming volunteer events. And watch for more stories to come in the future.

Employee volunteersOur LWS employee volunteers (l-r): Back row – James Ford; Frederick Pisani , Michele Federici, Matthew Federici, Nancy Tomasuolo (Principal of PS 204), James Trezzino, Jesse McCord and Joseph Casaletto. Front row – Christina Gueli, Carol Decina, Leanna Andreu, Daniel Abell and Victoria Cifone

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