A lot will likely look different this school year, but one thing will still look the same: the electric-lime-green belt and the silver badge that AAA School Safety Patrollers across the nation on each day. For more than 100 years, the AAA School Safety Patrol has been instrumental in helping young students learn responsibility and fulfill leadership roles, all while making the safety of students a priority.
This fall, more than 679,000 Patrollers in 35,000 schools across North America and 30 countries will participate in the AAA School Safety Patrol program, the largest school-based safety program in the world. Our Club has worked hard to bring this program to more than 2,800 of our local schools and more than 77,000 students. While going back to the classroom may feel a little unusual to some this school year, these student leaders will add a sense of familiarity to their fellow students as they help them get safely to and from school.
The role of a AAA School Safety Patroller has evolved over the past century, but it has always required a special kind of student to serve as a positive role model and leader in pedestrian and traffic safety. This past spring, we recognized and celebrated some of our AAA School Safety Patrol Outstanding Patrollers of the Year across the country. I’m proud to honor these award recipients:
- TREY BAYER
Springmeyer Elementary, Cincinnati, Ohio
- MYA LINDENMUTH
Baltz Elementary, New Castle, Delaware
- MADELYN NAUROTH
Waugh Chapel Elementary, Odenton, Maryland
- ZOE BAGANSKI
McDonald Elementary, Warminster, Pennsylvania
- AARIAN WARKAR
Oscar Howe Elementary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- KAYO COOK
Beaverdam Elementary, Beaverdam, Virginia
In addition, two Patrollers were awarded the prestigious Lifesaving Medal, bestowed upon students who saved someone’s life while at their post. It is with deep gratitude that I celebrate these award winners for their courage:
- CORTLYNN GRAHAM
Strawberry Knoll Elementary, Gaithersburg, Maryland
- AUBREE CONTI
Union Elementary, Union, Ohio
Congratulations to this elite group of Patrollers. These students have proven themselves to be true safety advocates and role models, demonstrating responsibility, respect, and helpfulness.
So, as students return to school, take comfort in knowing that AAA School Safety Patrollers are out there keeping watch, just as they have for the past century, preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow. That’s something we can all take comfort in, even during uncertain times.
"Thank you to all current and past AAA School Safety Patrollers. I’m grateful for your years of dedicated service."
Thomas C. Wiedemann, President & CEO