School patrollers celebrate a job well done

Back in 1937 when the first AMA School Safety Patrol hit the crosswalk in Calgary, the biggest challenge our patrollers had was getting the horse-drawn milk wagons to obey the stop signs. Today, more than 16,000 patrollers at over 500 schools watch over our school zones, helping remind drivers to slow down, pay attention and keep our families safe in the crosswalk.

In all those years there's never been a serious injury or fatality in an AMA-patrolled crosswalk. What's the magic formula to keeping all those children safe day in and day out? Teamwork, commitment, leadership. Our team of AMA School Safety Patrol coordinators train and equip schools to solve traffic safety challenges, but it's the hard work and discipline of our patrollers that makes the biggest difference. Through the coldest winter mornings and the sunniest afternoons of June, patollers never take a day off from helping their friends get safely to and from school.

Each May/June, AMA rewards our patrollers for a job well done with appreciation events across the province. AMA rolls out the red carpet with BBQ picnics and swimming pool pizza parties to let our pint-sized heroes of the crosswalk know just how much we appreciate their leadership.

Attend an AMA School Safety Patrol appreciation event for photo opportunities of school patrollers enjoying their day in the sun and interview AMA experts about school zone safety. For more information, contact the AMA Newsroom at 1-888-960-6397.

To get a sneak peek at some of the fun, watch this short video taken at last year's Calgary picnic at Heritage Park.