When elementary school safety patrols put on their safety green belts and sashes, they represent more than themselves, Superintendent Kimberly Hill said during an induction ceremony Nov. 2 at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School.
“You represent student leadership,” Hill said.
“Those of you who have decided to serve, you are a big part of what we need to keep schools safe,” said Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security.
Susie Davis, Jenifer’s technology facilitator and safety patrol coordinator, said the patrols work corroboratively and celebrate each other’s successes. “This group of students has become an integrated team,” she said.
Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry pointed out that the patrols wear a badge, much like he and police officers do. “The badge is not a right,” Berry said. “It’s a privilege.”
Students selected to serve as patrols are tasked with several duties, most importantly keeping their peers safe. “I thought it could be really fun,” said fifth grader Johanna Tolson. “And at the same time, it’s a nice opportunity to help others.”
Following the swearing-in, the school celebrated the installation of its new flagpoles by conducting a flag raising ceremony with the assistance of Jenifer’s Cub Scouts.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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