ROSELLE — There’s a group of third grade students at Washington Elementary School in Roselle who help their teachers every morning and every afternoon. Instead of chatting with their friends they hold doors, help students line up and protect the safety of younger students.
They are the Washington Elementary School Safety Patrol, a group of 10 of the most conscientious students in the school. Members of the Safety Patrol like helping their teachers and their fellow students. Teachers rely on them and other students look up to them.
“We try to be role models for the kindergartners so they will grow up to pass their classes and go to high school and college,” said Safety Patrol member Kasaan Major, 8. “We want to help all kindergartners, first graders, second graders and third graders be good so they can get Star Passes.”
Fellow Safety Patrol member Ania Williams, 8, said she enjoys performing her duties.
“I hold the doors for people, try to make sure they’re safe and make sure their shoelaces are tied,” Williams said. “I just try to help anyone, like if I see someone crying.”
So what makes a good Safety Patrol? Aleena Roache, 8, said she and her friends are good at their Safety Patrol jobs because they care about their fellow students
“A good Safety Patrol is a person you can trust and a person who really does care about the students,” Roache said. “They’re people who like to help others and follow directions.”
Marianne Tankard and Danielle Feudale agree. They are the advisors of the Safety Patrol and have kept the program going strong. The Safety Patrol program teaches students the value of community service and hard work. Becoming a Safety Patrol is both a reward for good behavior and a volunteer commitment on the part of the student. They have to be prepared to spend their free time before and after school helping their teachers and fellow students.
Safety Patrols have a proud tradition at Washington School and other Roselle schools. They have patrolled the halls of Roselle’s schools for decades. Feudale was a Safety Patrol herself when she was a student at Washington School.
Washington School’s Safety Patrols were recently sworn in to their posts by Roselle Police Officer Joanne Scutaro. In March, the Roselle Police Department will reward them for a job well done by taking them to the circus, all transportation provided and all expenses paid.
“These are some of our most responsible third grade students and they serve as a role model for the younger students,” Tankard said. “They deserve all of the praise they get because they do a great job.”
Safety Patrols at Washington Elementary School in Roselle assist their teachers and help keep other students safe. Front Row (From left to right): Nina Mosely, Jazmine Pierre and Ariana Cardenas. Back Row (From left to right): Ania Williams, Aleena Roache, Rodney Montague, Kasaan Major and Sebastian Rodriguez.
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