Safety First @ Birchwood

Leading Birchwood’s fifth-graders in the Safety Patrol pledge are left to right in background, Birchwood Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian, and AAA representatives Gerri DeSalvo and Karen Blackburn.
Leading Birchwood’s fifth-graders in the Safety Patrol pledge are left to right in background, Birchwood Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian, and AAA representatives Gerri DeSalvo and Karen Blackburn.
Getting the ‘Letric Lime’ sashes to fit just right, especially over your outer coat in winter can be tricky at first.  Remember buckle in the front and word across the back.
Getting the ‘Letric Lime’ sashes to fit just right, especially over your outer coat in winter can be tricky at first. Remember buckle in the front and word across the back.
AAA representative Gerri DeSalvo, left, presented the official badge of the Safety Patrol to each student. The students may keep their badges at the end of the school year.
AAA representative Gerri DeSalvo, left, presented the official badge of the Safety Patrol to each student. The students may keep their badges at the end of the school year.
Plenty of Moms and Dads were on hand to assist their child in properly fitting the sashes.
Plenty of Moms and Dads were on hand to assist their child in properly fitting the sashes.

Birchwood Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students were inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program last week.  In an effort to help create and maintain traffic safety, AAA has sponsored this program for the past 95 years.

Being part of the School Safety Patrol 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. Parents of the Safety Patrol officers were invited to attend the ceremony, which was led by Karen Blackburn and Gerri DeSalvo, representatives from AAA. 

Congratulations to the following 2015-2016 Safety Patrol Members:  Natalie Donahue, Olivia Drange, Elizabeth LaRegina, Ryan Luebker, Jessica Ocasio, Priceyla Reyes, Irving Saravia, Michael Ventura Martinez, Esra Akdogru, Joanni Alfaro, Adam Arevalo, Mia Carrillo, Adelrhany Georges, Matthew McManus, Isabel Rich, Sean Schwantner, Destiny Soto, Yahya Khan, Troy Long, Delaney Alicea, Addie Balogun, Jenna Crocco, Jenna Cullen, Shane Gruosso, Nicholas Aramburu, Anthony Bancheri, Madeline Franz, Jade Gomez Ordonez, Lorianna Mattutat, Ebony Miller, Colin Murphy, Daralyn Alicea, Arcides Bonilla, Jimmy Burns, Samantha Castro, Daniel Citle, Sophia Engoran, Nicole Yerys, Madison Ewart, Yohana Gonzalez, Renzo Itzep, Ashly Orellana, Vicki Granados Ortiz, Nancy Janet Moreno, Kristen Portillo, Jamie Saravia, Juliana Castro, Jamal Marseilles, Edward Pena, Mikaya Person-Gunter, Grayson Slansky, Kaitlyn Verga, Kasey Wagner, Norvi Alfaro Jimenez, Yeili Espinal, Alexa Gluckstal, Jacob Gillet, Luis Gomez, Freddi Faigelman, Emily Lewin, Natalia Lutz, Jimmy Medina Moctezuma, Suzanne Philip, and Bianca Stephens McIntosh.