U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce and other area dignitaries were on hand to dedicate a flagpole for Safety Town at Rushwood Elementary School July 5.
Joyce presented a U.S. flag that has flown over the U.S. Capital to Rotarian Derek Mercer, Executive Director of the Nordonia Hills YMCA. Mercer runs the Safety Town program. Girl Scouts from Troop 90724, led by Troop leader Susan Petro, conducted the flag-raising ceremony.
Numerous individuals were credited for their efforts in raising more than $50,000 for the Safety Town project, as well as for the donation of hundreds of hours of volunteer service. They include: Karen Byers, of Nordonia Hills Building Boosters, which paid for the flag pole; Rushwood Elementary Principal Dr. Jacqueline O'Mara; Rotary Club member Dave Fike for organizing, planning and building Safety Town and for the maintenance program; Rotary Club member Sylvia Hanneken, fund-raising chair; Rotary Club member Robin Bugenske, Rotarian of the Year; and Rotary District 6630, which provided additional funding.