June 25, 2013

Pedestrian-safety effort continues


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Brandon Sorrell Foundation has handed out 397 florescent T-shirts to students around the North Country in recent months, including 108 to Saranac Central School’s track team.

The foundation, created in memory of the teen, who died with three other students in a car-pedestrian tragedy in November 2011, is networking to provide 225 packets with pedestrian-safety brochures and bookmarks to students who will live in Clinton Community College dorms this fall.

Some incoming students are from cities, where they aren’t aware of the dangers of walking along rural roadways at dusk and after dark, said Brandon’s mother, Christol Mastic.

She and the volunteers who promote pedestrian safety through the foundation have redoubled efforts in recent months, following the death of Ashley Poissant of Champlain, who was out running on Perry Mills Road in that town when she was struck by a car.

Mastic, who also gives presentations to students, said she hopes to be able to give out reflective shoelaces along with shirts in the near future. 

She is looking for grant funding, but the foundation also welcomes sponsors for any number of shirts and holds fundraisers for both the pedestrian-safety project and a scholarship given in Brandon’s memory.

One of those takes place at Texas Roadhouse in Plattsburgh from 4 to 8 p.m. today, when 10 percent of food purchases by diners will go to the foundation. Invitations to participate are available at the restaurant.

Mastic’s aim is to give shirts to student runners at every school in the area.

She also speaks to students in local schools about the importance of wearing brightly colored clothing when out at dusk or night. 

To set up a presentation, find out about sponsoring safety materials or for more information, email her at

Donations, with checks made out to the Brandon Sorrell Foundation, can be mailed to the foundation at P.O. Box 733, Peru, NY 12972.

Find safety tips and more information about the scholarship at

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