Birchwood Safety Patrol Induction

Properly wearing the Safety Patrol sash and badge are important. These Birchwood students help each other work on the perfect fit.
Properly wearing the Safety Patrol sash and badge are important. These Birchwood students help each other work on the perfect fit.
Membership in the patrol helps develop leadership qualities and a sense of social obligation.
Membership in the patrol helps develop leadership qualities and a sense of social obligation.
Students finalize their induction ceremony with the AAA Safety Patrol pledge.
Students finalize their induction ceremony with the AAA Safety Patrol pledge.
Each student was presented with his/her sash and badge by AAA representative Karen Blackburn.
Each student was presented with his/her sash and badge by AAA representative Karen Blackburn.
A record number of Birchwood 5th graders were inducted into the Safety Patrol.
A record number of Birchwood 5th graders were inducted into the Safety Patrol.

Each day across the nation, thousands of students guide and assist their classmates as they go to and from school. In an effort to help create and maintain traffic 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 this school year and a record 94 students are involved.

School Safety Patrol members learn far more than just good traffic safety habits. Membership in a patrol helps develop attention to duty, alertness, dependability, leadership qualities, and a sense of social obligation. When students know that they are making a real contribution to society, they develop pride in themselves.

The leadership skills students develop as a result of participating in the School Safety Patrol Program transfer to other important areas and will stay with them for their entire lives. Being part of the School Safety Patrol also offers students the opportunity to meet and interact with the law enforcement community as partners in safety. This helps them grow into law-abiding citizens with a healthy respect for officers and their duties. 

Safety patrollers are trained to direct classmates with bus loading, unloading, and transit. Safety patrollers also perform other safety-related functions under the direction of school officials. Students work alongside staff members and attend monthly meetings to review and refine duties and responsibilities as needed.

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 November 25th. 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, has been working with Birchwood for 7 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 the following 2013-2014 Safety Patrol Members: 

Joselin CHAVEZ, Carlo CONTE, Matthew CROCCO, Frantz JEAN BAPTISTE, Stephanie LOPEZ GALDAMEZ, Joseph MENDOLIA, Wendy RODRIGUEZ, Madeleine ROZENVELD, Deshawn SMALL, Emily BOCCIA, Thomas BREATON, Sandra CRUZ, Colby DELL, William DENIS, Emma DERMODY, Shantae ELLIS, Jessica MANGELS, Daniel MONTERROSO, Edsel MORENO, Ayra NOMAN, Alexander PAZZINI, Angela PEPE, Shannon TURNER, Luis VILORIO, Aayush VOHRA, Joshua AREVALO, Logan BERMUDEZ, Grant BIEDERMAN, Aidan GARDNER, Jefferson LOPEZ, Alexa MEDIATE, Jack NEILAND, Diana SARAVIA MOREJON, Maximo VASQUEZ, Bryce VORBACH, Grace WEIGELE, Justin FEINMAN, Luis GRANADOS GOMEZ, Joseph GRASSO, Kaila MC NALLY, Sameer MEHTA, Kimberly MELENDEZ SANGURIMA, Alexandra MILLER HENSON, Victor OTTAVIANO, Emely SARAVIA ULLOA, Jaquelin CHAVEZ, Franklin FUENTES CANALES, Derlin GARCIA AREVALO, Steven LAINEZ GOMEZ, Jose MALDONADO FUENTES, Erick NAJERA ACAJABON, Veronica RICHARDS, Tyler ALTAMIRANO, Aidan GLIDDEN, Liana HAUG, Devon LINDEN, Joel MARTINEZ, Nicole MATTILA, Anthony MENDOZA, Imani MILLER, Margaret NEILAND, Sanai BROWNE, Hannah CRUZ, Sophia DALTON, Daniel DONOVAN, Joseph GONZALES, Kristin RIZZO, Paul SCHILLER, Aarav SHAH, Liam WEIGELE, Pamela CAREY, Amanda DE WITT, Emily GHARABAGHI, Jhosselyn GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, Ashley HERNANDEZ, Paula ITZEP, Jason MARX, Carolanne MATTUTAT, Daniela SAGASTIZADO, Caroline SCHRAMA, Logan TENNER, Danielle DE GARAY, Carissa DELCOLLE, Mareena ERFAN, Benjamin GRONDAHL, Hannah JIMENEZ, Jeremy LANZ, Ariana LEVIN, Harrison LINDEN, Neamal MAHMOOD, Sabrina MCEVOY, Jeir ORELLANA, Christopher SCORTICHINI, and Alexa TOLEDO.

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