AMA School Safety Calgary patrollers honoured for leadership at the crosswalk
City of Calgary proclaims June 7 as AMA School Safety Patrol Day
For 80 years, generations of dedicated and hardworking AMA School Safety patrollers have been getting to school early and leaving late – come rain or shine, snow or sleet – to guide their classmates safely across school crosswalks and provide a visual reminder of traffic safety within school zones. In recognition of these efforts, the City of Calgary has proclaimed June 7, AMA School Safety Patrol Day.
“It is an honour to acknowledge Calgary’s AMA School Safety patrollers, and to help celebrate 80 years of this valuable program,” says Deputy Mayor Jeff Davison. “The program helps keep our children safe. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of everyone involved in making this program a success.”
Since the program’s start, AMA School Safety patrollers have been keeping Albertans safe at supervised crosswalks across the province. Today, the AMA School Safety Patrol Program consists of more than 16,500 volunteer patrollers in grades four, five and six at 500 schools throughout the province. There are 7,609 students patrolling 283 crosswalks at 189 Calgary and area schools alone. Patrollers work hard throughout the year to be role models and leaders, delivering the message that safety is everyone’s responsibility. They do not do this alone, they are supported by more than 450 supervisors and long-standing partners, such as Calgary Police Service.
“This special recognition from the City of Calgary on AMA School Safety Patrol’s 80th year is a great honour,” says Jeff Kasbrick, AMA VP Stakeholder and Government Relations. “This proclamation acknowledges the hard work of all patrollers, past and present, and reinforces the message that all of us have a role to play in keeping our kids and community safe.”
The School Safety Patrol program is AMA’s largest traffic safety initiative. The program is a true collaboration; its success is due to the tremendous contributions of patrollers, schools, teachers as well as community partners such as Heritage Park and the Calgary Police Service. “The community support for the AMA School Safety Patrol Program is critical to our success and ultimately helps build a safer Calgary and a safer province,” adds Kasbrick.
The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is among the largest membership organizations in Alberta, representing more than 975,000 members. As a leading advocate for traffic safety, travel and consumer protection and crime prevention, AMA represents the interests of its members to industry and all levels of government and helps protect the things they care about most. Visit ama.ab.ca to learn more about AMA’s products, services and member advocacy efforts.