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Triumphing over tragedy: Scholarship helps Cody Garner pursue career goals

ATSS Foundation needs help to continue providing Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

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The last time Cody Garner saw his father was when he dropped him at football practice. Hours later, his father was killed in a work zone accident.

Cody was just beginning his sophomore year of high school when he lost his father. Today he’s starting his senior year at the University of Arkansas where he is pursuing a double major and a double minor. He’s grateful to the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation for the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship he has received each year of his college studies.

Though this year’s pandemic has challenged people in countless ways, The Foundation still needs help to carry out the programs it offers to support individuals and families impacted by work zone incidents.

Foundation 'We can't stop now' effort urges help gathering names for National Work Zone Memorial

Help honor lives lost in work zones

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At a time when lives are restricted due to the global pandemic and many people are looking for ways to make a difference, The ATSS Foundation has an option.

The Foundation needs volunteers to help gather the names of men and women who lost their lives in work zone incidents so they can be honored by inclusion on the  National Work Zone Memorial.

“Families whose lives have been marked by work zone tragedies continue to need our help. One way to support them while maintaining social distancing and without even leaving your home is to help gather names of people who should be honored and remembered on the Memorial,” said Foundation Associate Director Lori Diaz.

Donate your cab fare and see your gift multiply for ATSS Foundation programs

Give online or text ATSSF to 41444 to text-to-give

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Midyear Digital offers a simple equation for maximizing your gift to the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation.

With this year’s virtual format, travel costs are eliminated so consider donating what you would have spent on a cab or Uber. Plus, Foundation sponsors are matching donations so your donation will be multiplied as much as tenfold.

Annual sponsorship opportunities available for The ATSS Foundation

Partner with The Foundation to support programs for families impacted by work zone tragedies

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Opportunities are now available to partner with The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation to support families whose lives have been impacted by work zone tragedies and to help promote the importance of safe driving through work zones.

Foundation sponsors are companies and organizations committed to the core purpose of The Foundation’s programs. Sponsors support initiatives such as maintenance of the physical National Work Zone Memorial, honoring the lives of roadway workers lost or permanently disabled in work zone crashes, and educating the public on the Toward Zero Deaths initiative.

Midyear Digital: A virtual meeting to inspire real-world solutions

Register now to join ATSSA members in advancing the future of roadway safety infrastructure

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Registration is now open for ATSSA’s Midyear Digital meeting to be held online from Aug. 24-27. This year’s meeting will be held in a fully digitized format with a variety of components reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions.  Inspiring real-world solutions, Midyear Digital will kick off with a 45-minute virtual town hall style session that will include key transportation professionals discussing prominent industry issues and innovations. The event will then continue with virtual committee and council meetings.

Help shape the Association’s policies and initiatives in the coming year by participating in Midyear Digital. Take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with more than 300 like-minded ATSSA members from across the country as we demonstrate our commitment to innovation and advancement of roadway safety infrastructure.

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