LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of golfers spent much of the day Saturday raising money for a new organization which will promote school bus safety in Mississippi and elsewhere. They took part in the inaugural, "Nathan's Law Memorial Golf Tournament" at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Laurel.
The event's goal was to focus attention on National School Bus Safety Week and to raise funds for Nathan's Legacy Foundation.
Andy and Lori Key of Laurel began that organization to honor their son, Nathan, who was killed by a passing motorist as he got off his school bus in 2009. A new state law named for Nathan which stiffened penalties for passing a stopped school bus went into effect last July.
"We have pretty much dedicated our lives to educating the public, educating children, working diligently with school officials and law enforcement to try to keep this in the forefront and the hope is that Nathan's Legacy Foundation will help us be able to do that," said Andy Key, father of Nathan Key.
Supporters at today's tournament included an Alabama couple who are working to strenghthen school bus safety laws in their state. Dennis and Tracey Worrell of Florala lost their daughter Lexi in a school bus accident recently.