Properly wearing the Safety Patrol sash and badge are important. With a little help from Mom, this student is on her way to a successful year.
Membership in the patrol helps develop leadership qualities and a sense of social obligation. AAA’s Gerri DeSalvo led the students in the official pledge.
Each student was presented with his/her sash and badge by AAA representative Karen Blackburn.
Each day across the nation, thousands of students guide and assist their classmates as they navigate their school halls and playground areas. In an effort to help create and maintain safety, AAA has sponsored the School Safety Patrol Program for more than 80 years. Birchwood Intermediate School fifth-grade students are participating in this exciting program, and it turns out that the Birchwood program is the largest on Long Island and the second largest in the southeast portion of New York State.
The students are selected on the basis of leadership potential and character, reliability, punctuality, ability to follow rules, dependability, interest in traffic safety, good judgment, and respect for classmates.
This year's Safety Patrol officers participated in an induction ceremony that took place on October 23rd. Parents of the Safety Patrol officers were invited to attend the ceremony, which was led by Karen Blackburn and Gerri DeSalvo, representatives from AAA. Ms. Blackburn, a traffic safety specialist at AAA, has been working with Birchwood’s students for 8 years. “For many of these young students, Safety Patrol is their first job,” said Ms. Blackburn. “Safety, and making good decisions is something we can take with us everywhere in life.”
Congratulations to our Birchwood Safety Patrol students on their prestigious induction. These fine students have distinguished themselves and brought pride and honor to their families. We congratulate our newest Safety Patrol students and look forward to following their success throughout the year:
Ms. Barbaccia’s class: Bryanna Bardales, Michael Emanuele, William Lemus, Ryan Rynkowski and Johan Sanchez.
Ms. Correll’s class: Kaylin Alvarez, Gabrielle Bausano, Christian Cornejo, Emily Gorecki, Brianna Morrissey, Neil Palmieri, Marie Saint Charles, Nicky Scala, and Natalie Zarcone.
Ms. DelGiorno and Ms. Maddy’s class: Gianna Conte, Frankie Doria, Marissa Emanuele, Shain Hanover, Sarah Jacoutot, Luke Kannovos, Gabriella Linares, Esteban Maraboli, Nicholas Mauro, Kate McAuley, Matthew Meberg, Jose Moreno, Mahum Saleem, and Anthony Velasquez.
Mr. Denson and Ms. Patino’s class: Carla Araujo, Ella Brower, Evelyn Hernandez, Estefani Moradel Munoz, Declan Motherway, Tyler Philips, Luca Rombaldi, Diego Romero, Manuel Sagastizado, Nicholas Saunders, Chris Silverio, and Jullian Vesque.
Ms. Fitzgerald’s class: Kristina Lineen, Jennifer Manzanares, Kasey McArdle, Jimmy Roldos, Eric Quintilla, and Morgan Wobig.
Mr. Ginsberg’s class: Mekhi Stevenson, Jeffrey Vilorio Reyes, Christian Lizama, and Tyriek Mays-McCoy.
Ms. Gruttadauria’s class: Emily Alas, Aaliyah Barrett, Matthew Brown, Katie Donovan, Liam Heather, James Joy, Ruben Reyes Santos, Bryan Saravia, Erin Torres, and Alexandra Wheeler.
Ms. Mearkle and Ms. Nieroda’s class: Maria Brown, Leonardo Castro, Justin Grillo, Nathan Karpinos, Jack Noble, Danny Rich, Samantha Salazar, and Quinlan Sellars.
Ms. Rabideau’s class: Adriana DePrisco, Arianna Firouznia, Eudy Furcal, Liam Hill, Violet LeClaire, Juan Mata Flores, Elvin Moreira Castillo, Stephanie Moreno, Jessie Moreno, Rachel Reyes, Briana Sorto, Jamie Suazo, Keisy Valencia, Liam Villanti, and Dylan Vincent.
Mr. Ryan’s class: Natalie Bausano, James Boccone, Jazmin Cardenas, Owen Connolly, Brandon Ivy, Dylan Koerner, Carly McEntee, Joslyn Moreira, Liam Murphy, Kevin Rankel, and Martin Stone.