Two Charles County Public Schools students – Ally Parr and Kyra Smith – were recently named Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award recipients by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and the American Automobile Association (AAA). Award recipients are nominated by their schools and recognized for excelling in the areas of leadership, dependability and academics.
Parr is a fifth grader at T.C. Martin Elementary School. She was nominated by Carrie Burke, vice principal at Martin, for serving as a role model for her peers and for demonstrating outstanding behavior, academic achievement and personal responsibility. Safety patrols are selected annually among fifth graders who school administrators believe would best represent their schools, and handle all tasks associated with the position. For her leadership skills and commitment to personal responsibility, Parr was a clear choice for school administrators at Martin.
“Although we knew Ally would perform this job well, we didn't know that Ally would surpass our expectations for leadership. Each day she shows maturity, composure, and responsibility well beyond those of most 10-year-olds,” Burke said in a nomination letter.
As a patrol, Parr is tasked with ensuring all classes have left the school building in the afternoon before buses are allowed to leave for their routes. She is also responsible for verifying that all other patrols have boarded their buses. Additionally, Parr works with teachers and school staff to account for any missing students who may not have boarded their bus or are staying after school for an extra-curricular activity.
Parr is also an honor roll student and receives numerous accolades during school award ceremonies. In addition to serving on the safety patrol, she is active in the Just Say No Club at Martin and plays soccer in her community.
Smith is a fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. She was nominated for the award by Toni Bateman, a physical education teacher at Brown, for leading by example, going above and beyond with her classwork, and for being dependable and responsible. Smith also stood out among her peers to serve as a safety patrol. Bateman coordinates the patrol program at Brown and said Smith is a hard-working student who shines among her peers.
“The other patrollers were in awe of her character and her gift to react levelheaded in unnerving situations. She is a wonderful student and a joy to teach. She is responsible and dependable beyond expectation,” Bateman said in a nomination letter.
As a patrol, Smith is in charge of monitoring one of the busier, high-traffic areas on school grounds. She helps monitor the student walkers, other pedestrians, areas near staff and visitor parking, and day care bus pickups and school deliveries. She is also very conscious of her surroundings at all times and always has a polite demeanor when speaking with children and visitors about safety rules.
She is an honor roll student and has served as a peer tutor and member of the school band. She is also a top-ranking member of the school math team and takes dance classes ranging from hip hop and jazz to ballet and tap.
Both Parr and Smith will be honored with their awards at the Mid-Atlantic Foundation's Outstanding School Safety Patrol Luncheon on May 30 in Baltimore.
For more information about the program, visit https://midatlantic.aaa.com/Foundation/SchoolPrograms/SchoolSafetyPatrolAwards.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community 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.