Alberta Motorists Association School Safety Patrollers who put their hours into keeping the community safe were recognized for their efforts.
Organizer, Shelley Biendarra says Grande Prairie Regional College hosted a party for 350 students who have came to school early and stayed late to patrol the crosswalks.
“The AMA safety patrol party is for the patrollers and what they’re doing is they’re keeping the kids safe at the crosswalks, they’re volunteering their time, so we give them this year end party saying thank-you for doing a job well done and for the teachers as well. And it’s at the College and it’s crazy a lot of fun. There’s a lot of physical activities for them.”
Biendarra says there are close to a thousand patrollers in the region and she conducts education sessions for interested applicants.
“I go to the schools in the fall and I do fall training and then they decide they sign up, the parents sign the permission forms and then the teachers put the schedules together and they start patrolling, after I train them. And I go to schools again in winter to do a refresher and then in the spring, I introduce it to the younger grades, saying this is what patrol is about, are you interested?”
AMA School Safety Patrol is on it’s 79th year of service and is the largest volunteer force in Alberta with more than 16,000 patrollers at over 500 schools.