AAA School Safety Patrol
In 1920, the AAA School Safety Patrol program began, allowing students to be active participants in maintaining a safe walk to and from school. Over 50,000 schools and over 500,000 students worldwide have actively participated as members of the AAA School Safety Patrol. AAA Northeast would like to encourage all schools to initiate their own AAA School Safety Patrol program.
At the turn of the 20th century, there was a new concern for police chiefs in American cities - cars. Pedestrian accidents and even fatalities were becoming all too common in American urban life. Although invented in the late 1800s, cars did not become common in American cities until the 1910s with the growth of assembly line car manufacturing.
In 1922, Woonsocket, Rhode Island’s chief of police, Frederick E. Coe, knew he needed to find a better way to protect the children of his city when on one street alone, there were fifteen pedestrian accidents and three fatalities, including a child. He decided to create a junior police officers program that was the genesis of the modern AAA School Safety Patrol.
Chief Coe was a tough and well respected leader in Woonsocket. The story goes, once while in the pursuit of a criminal, he was shot in the face and was said to have later casually sneezed out the bullet. The young boys that joined the program had great respect for this local legend. Required to meet strict academic requirements, boys would fill the police department headquarters in Woonsocket, studying hard to improve their grades, so they too could join the patrol. Chief Coe served as Woonsocket Police Chief for twenty-two years and is credited with helping to save the lives of countless children.
The AAA School Safety Patrol program allows students to be active participants in maintaining a safe walk to and from school. Over 50,000 schools and over 500,000 students worldwide have actively participated as members of the AAA School Safety Patrol.
With our help, AAA would like to encourage all schools to initiate their own AAA School Safety Patrol program.
AAA Northeast supports patrol programs in local schools in CT, MA, NJ, and RI and provides materials free of charge.
Please contact our Traffic Safety Staff with any questions regarding this program:
|State||Name and Email|
|Connecticut:||Fran Mayko / email@example.com|
|New Jersey:||Shani Jarvis / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Massachusetts:||Diana Imondi Dias / email@example.com|
|Rhode Island:||Diana Imondi Dias / firstname.lastname@example.org|
I am pleased to inform you that XXXXX School is implementing a AAA School Safety Patrol program. The students involved are viewed as the leaders within our school and AAA School Safety Patrol is a program intended to develop those leadership skills, while ensuring the safety of all students.
With your permission, your child has been chosen as a “AAA School Safety Patroller” and will be instructed on methods to assist in walking school bus routes, ushering younger classmates on and off the school busses, patrolling the parent drop-off/pick-up area, and also patrolling school hallways. The patrollers can be identified by bright green sashes and badges. Please review and sign the attached release form if you would like your child to participate. Email it to XXXXX or send it back to school with your child. Further information on your child’s responsibilities will be communicated.
The AAA School Safety Patrol program has a 95 year history of reducing injuries and deaths and fostering leadership skills. Former patrollers include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, RI Governor Lincoln Almond, Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Garagiola, Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, and former Chairman of Chrysler Lee Iacocca.
Please view Tomorrow’s Leaders Today for an overview of this nationally and internationally recognized safety program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQsnzhi584g.
AAA School Safety Patrol Advisor
Estimado Padre/ Guardián,
Es un placer informarle que la escuela (school name here) estará implementando el programa “Patrulla de Seguridad Escolar” de AAA. Consideramos los estudiantes de quinto grado líderes entre nuestra escuela y el programa Patrulla de Seguridad Escolar de AAA es un recurso adicional con propósito de desarrollar habilidades de liderazgo, también garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes.
Con su permiso, su hijo/a será designado como un/a “Patrullero/a de Seguridad Escolar” y instruido/a con métodos para asistir en la conducción de rutas de autobuses escolares, asistir compañeros de clase al subirse y bajarse del autobús escolar, patrullar la zona donde padres dejan y recogen los estudiantes, y también patrullar los pasillos escolares. Los patrulleros pueden ser identificados por sus cinturones/medallas de color verde brillante. Por favor revise y firme la forma si le gustaría que su hijo/a participe en el programa. Puede regresar la forma al correo electrónico de la escuela o mandarla a la escuela con su hijo/a. Información adicional sobre las responsabilidades de su hijo/a será comunicada.
El programa “Patrulla de Seguridad Escolar” de AAA tiene un historial de 95 años en reducción de lesiones y muertes y promover habilidades de liderazgo. Ex-patrulleros incluye Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Governador de RI Lincoln Almond, Ganador de Medalla de oro olímpica Bruce Jenner, ex jugadores de béisbol Joe Garagiola y Tom Seaver y el ex presidente de Chrysler Lee Iacocca.
Por favor visite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQsnzhi584g para ver Los Lideres de Mañana Hoy y un resumen sobre este programa nacional e internacional de seguridad.
Famous Patrol Leaders
Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States
Bob Martinez, Florida
James Blanchard, Michigan
William Milliken, Michigan
Lincoln Almond, Rhode Island
John W. Warner, Virginia
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger
Anthony M. Kennedy
Stephen G. Breyer
William J. Brennan, Jr.
Norman E. Thagard, space endurance record holder
Robert D. Cabana
Mary Ellen Weber
Lynette Woodard, basketball
Mike Ramsey, hockey
Eric Heiden, speed skating
Edwin Moses, track and field
Dr. Gary S. Becker, Economics
Andrew Card, Chief of Staff and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral James C. Card, Office of Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection
Diane Steed, National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.
Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary
Joe Garagiola, Baseball Hall of Famer
Tom Seaver, Baseball Hall of Famer
Margaret Ay, Miss America 1954
Al Kaline, Baseball Hall of Famer
Lee Iacocca, former Chairman Chrysler Corporation