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Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S. celebrate 20 years of service

And advocate for more change
Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:33:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A group of Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S. have stood strong outside one Buffalo school for 20 years. In 2020, they're celebrating a milestone anniversary and advocating for more change.

They stand outside of Buffalo Public School No. 61 on Leroy ave every single day helping students cross the streets. It all began after a shooting.

"Two stray bullets went into one of the windows at the school back in 2000 and our organization has been out here ever since," said Leonard Lane, President of Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S.

They also help make sure the students are fed and act as mentors. Their volunteer work has led to several changes, including a new traffic light on Leroy Ave. and a crosswalk.

As they celebrate their 20th anniversary, they're advocating for even more change. Specifically, the new school zone cameras.

"This is just another tool that we can use to keep our children safe in the city of Buffalo," said Lane.

This issue hits home for Lane as his grandchild was killed in a car accident in 2016.

"Do we really love our children? And if we do, what extent will we go to, to protect them?" asked Lane.

As the school zone law changes, you can count on seeing the Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S. helping out every day of the week.