About 35 SUNY Oswego students recently spent their Saturday
creating toys to brighten the holidays for local families.
Technology majors Cara
Mosley ’08 (left)
Garrisi ’08 put
together movable ladders for some of the 100 toy
fire trucks assembled by 35 SUNY Oswego students
Saturday, Nov. 18. The fire trucks made by the
members of the Oswego Technology Education Association
will be distributed to needy local families through
SUNY Oswego's 19th annual Toy Drive.
All technology majors and members of the Oswego Technology
Education Association, the students were making 100
wooden toy fire trucks that rolled and sported ladders
that could be raised and lowered. The trucks will be
distributed to local families through SUNY Oswego's
19th annual Toy Drive.
The OTEA faculty advisers, Thomas Kubicki and Dan
Tryon ’89, said this is the fifth year
students have made toys for the cause, starting with
35 the first year and up to 100 for this season.
"We've done something different every year,"
Kubicki explained of annual projects that have included
boats, racecars and a fish pull toy. "We also try
to tie it to our community."
Raby's Ace Home Center donated all of the wood materials.
The toys consist of a main body, stained red; six rolling
wheels, stained dark grey; and the moving ladder, stained
light grey. All the stains used are non-toxic, Kubicki
said. The toys are intended for children ages 4 to 7,
boys or girls.
The future teachers filled a workshop in Park Hall on
Saturday, Nov. 18, working at different stations in
mass production. Over the course of the day, the students
cut, sanded, stained and assembled various parts. Full
assembly would take place another day after the stain
"These kids are working four hours today, maybe
more," Kubicki noted. "You don't see anyone
At one table, technology majors Michelle
Garrisi ’08 and Cara
Mosley ’08 assembled the movable ladders
that will grace the tops of the toy trucks. They agreed
that taking the time to help was worth it.
"It's just one Saturday for us, but a kid is going
to play with one of these toys for years," Garrisi
"I know that there are some families who don't
have enough money for presents," Mosley added.
"It's great just knowing that each toy will really
make a child's day. I think that a handmade gift will
mean a lot."
— Tim Nekritz M ’05
To December 2006 E-Newsletter