AAA School Safety Patrol membership is an honored position. Millions of boys and girls have served since the program began in 1920. In that time, the casualty record among children ages 5 to 14 has improved significantly, and patrollers have played an important role in this achievement.
With your support and leadership, your patrollers will shoulder responsibilities that strengthen character and provide an opportunity to help fellow students develop a better understanding of pedestrian and vehicular traffic hazards.
AAA applauds your efforts, dedication and volunteerism. These pages will guide you through the specifics required to start or support a AAA School Safety Patrol program in your school. We hope you find the information helpful.
- AAA School Safety Patrol members are school-sponsored student volunteers from upper elementary grades, middle and junior high schools.
- Patrollers direct children, not traffic. As school-age leaders in traffic safety, patrol members teach other students about traffic safety on a peer-to-peer basis. They also serve as examples for younger children, who look up to them.
AAA School Safety Patrol members:
- Complete training in traffic safety.
- Protect students from hazards of crossing roads and highways on their way to and from school.
- Assist bus drivers in safely transporting students to and from school.
- Teach fellow students about traffic safety.
- Serve in other leadership roles under the direction of school officials.
Typically, teachers and principals appoint patrol members, who participate with parental approval. A teacher usually serves as the patrol advisor.
- Safety awareness.
- Respect for law enforcement.
Schools benefit from opportunities to promote:
- Traffic safety awareness.
- Peer-to-peer communication.
- A constructive outlet for student energy.
- A positive relationship with parents, law enforcement and the overall community.
Communities benefit from:
- Safer environments for pedestrians and motorists.
- A spirit of volunteerism and civic-mindedness.
- A positive collaboration between students, parents, schools and law enforcement