On Thursday, June 1 Mispillion Elementary School in Milford, DE held a ceremony to celebrate the efforts of this year’s Safety Patrol officers. These fifth grade students help the school promote safety as they stay alert by proactively helping other students. At this year’s ceremony several of the officers stated that they have helped younger students find their classrooms and buses or given them a hand when they fell or dropped books.
The Safety Patrol Program is sponsored by AAA and the students sworn in join more than 600,000 students throughout the country who agree to promote safety in their schools. The program was created by AAA in the 1920s in an effort to promote pedestrian traffic due to the increasing number of vehicles on roadways. The organization has awarded more than 400 Lifesaving Medal awards since 1949 for patrol members whose actions have led to a life being saved. Students have been awarded the medals for preventing accidents at school, reporting bullying incidents and other actions that were determined heroic.
“Safety patrol is about leadership at the school, setting a good role model and looking for situations that they think might change. The officers report situations that to an adult instead of taking it into their own hands,” said Mispillion Vice Principal Nancy Carter. “They really do not understand what leadership is and their role at the begging of the year but as we continue to meet they understand what they need to do and how it is a learning process.”
“[Safety Patrol] greatly improves the environment and it makes kids more aware that they should always be safe and act responsibly in school,” said Office Bloodsworth. “This program, under Mrs. Carter has been taken to another level, they learned life skills this year and their presence in general is really nice for the school and community to see.”
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