Press Release Article


Date: Apr 16, 2003
Press Release Number: 53-2003

Port Authority officials and members of the Port Authority Police Department K-9 team will visit the For Kids Only School of Elmont, N.Y. at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, April 17, to thank 13 kindergarteners for their participation in a print advertisement used in the agency’s ongoing public awareness campaign. The agency will present a plaque to the school and award certificates to each participating student. The children will be treated to a demonstration by a Port Authority Police Officer and a drug-detection dog.

\"After their teacher, Kerry Cocolichio, showed the class an advertisement the agency placed in a local newspaper, the class decided to work with art teacher Colette Benel to create an exhibit highlighting the agency’s facilities,\" said James B. Finley, Director of the For Kids Only School.

Mr. Finley sent a photograph of the children’s project to the Port Authority. The photo was forwarded to the agency’s Public Affairs Department, which decided to feature the smiling youngsters and their exhibit in a new advertisement. Their ad has appeared in several languages in various periodicals throughout the region.

\"It’s nice to be able to participate in the learning experience of the class,\" said Kevin Kirchman, Assistant Director of the agency’s Public Affairs Department.

\"We hope that our visit to the school will help make the education process fun and serve to encourage youngsters to continue to learn about the world around them.\"

\"These children have given us wonderful insights into their views of transportation,\" said Rae Ann Hoffmann, Manager of Corporate Marketing for the Port Authority. \"We’re honored they chose us as their subject.\"

The For Kids Only School was founded in 1992 by James and Sheryl Finley. Originally a small day care for 11 children, the school has grown into a private school serving 150 children from infants to sixth grade. The school is located at 1510 DePaul Street, Elmont, N.Y.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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