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ASSE Members Donate Safety Equipment
November 16, 2009

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members Mark Semonisck, CSP, and MaryLee Gibson were visiting a Colorado construction site where students in Pickens Technical College’s Home Construction Program were building a house. They noticed that several students at the site were wearing tennis shoes instead of appropriate footwear – sturdy work boots. So they organized a program at Lockton to raise money to purchase work boots for disadvantaged students in the school’s construction classes. The program, the APS-Lockton Safe Affordable Footwear to Youth (SAFTY) Shoe program partnership, was formed and will exist for many years.

Semonisck raised enough money within Lockton to purchase 70 pairs of boots for students at a discounted price of $50 per pair. The boots can cost more than $75. Gibson managed the program and included the automotive and other trade groups.

In addition to Gibson’s and Semonisck’s efforts, the ASSE Colorado Chapter also assists with the annual Colorado Construction Career Days held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in early October. Volunteers provide a hands-on experience of career options in design and construction for close to 1600 high school students.

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