Jacksonville, FL, February 4, 2014 - Employees of the Jacksonville Division give back regularly to communities in their territory, contributing volunteer hours, donations, food and supplies to needy children and families. One of the organizations to benefit is the Myrtle Grove Elementary School near the CSX's Hialeah, Fla., rail yard. Employees met there in December to coordinate one of many events held annually to help the schoolchildren.
Many managers within the Jacksonville Division participated in the event, which was hosted by Terminal Manager Doug Rihanek, General Foreman Rick Rivenburg and Peggy Smith, manager-Safety and Community Affairs. The school's cafeteria was used for an Operations Lifesaver presentation and video for two groups of over 200 children each.
"The children were very attentive and enthusiastic about the event," Peggy said, "especially when Division Manager Don Jones led them in the CSX cheer – 'Give me a C...' They listened carefully when we described how to stay safe around our tracks."
In addition to the Operation Lifesaver presentation, the Jacksonville Division also wanted to do something special for the kids. Terminal Manager Doug Rihanek worked closely with the school administration to determine their needs. They asked if CSX could help with school supplies. The Jacksonville Division did just that, supplying each and every student with a backpack full of goodies, including notebooks, coloring books, pencils, crayons, and even some soft toys.
"It was really wonderful and rewarding to see all the smiling faces of the children as they received their backpacks," Doug said.