Montana Rail Link employees deliver sweatshirts to Laurel School District

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CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer

On Monday and Tuesday in Laurel, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Montana Rail Link delivered more than 2,000 sweatshirts to Laurel students and staff.
They visited all five schools in the district and handed out the purple sweatshirts to each student and staff member. Each gift came with a card that had each students name on it, as well as their name on the inside tag.
Chief Information Officer for MRL stated, “This is our fourth year of distributing sweatshirts to Montana kids. This idea came from our 1,200 Montana employees who were asked how they would like to partner with the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The past three year’s sweatshirt programs were a huge hit with kids and teachers [in the western half of the state]. Due to the overwhelming community support, it just made sense to continue the program in other Montana schools. Including this year, MRL employees have distributed nearly 8,500 sweatshirts. We pride ourselves on being a good community partner and neighbor and are proud of our employees and their involvement in the communities in which we operate.”
Heather Mattson, Director of Revenue Accounting and MRL Sweatshirt Program Project Manager (in costume as the Grinch), said “It’s a great time of the year to give back to the communities we serve. It’s a joy to see the excitement in the kids’ eyes” as they receive their gift.”
At West School, MRL Manager of Safety and Security Tony Bacino gave a short presentation on safety near railroad tracks. He showed pictures and then asked the students to give the baseball sign for “safe” or “out” signs to express whether the photos depicted people acting safe or not.
West teachers Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Arnenson then sat on stage while groups of students turned them into snowmen, wrapping them in toilet paper and taping buttons and carrot noses on them.
Then MRL personnel distributed sweatshirts to all 324 students and 45 staff members at West School.
The sweatshirt project visited Graff, West, LHS and South School on Monday, and Middle School on Tuesday morning before heading to Big Timber to deliver to the three schools.

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