Milford students give safety oath for new roles

MILFORD, Del. — Sixty elementary students from around the Milford School District were sworn in as new AAA Safety Patrol members by the Honorable William Hopkins on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Milford High School, a program new to the area.

“It is gratifying to know the AAA School Safety Patrol program is being implemented today in the town of Milford and I applaud the 60 students who will join the ranks as leaders in their respective schools,” said Susan Meade-Beachell, executive director for the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education.

She said the program is the largest safety program in the world with more than 635,000 patrollers actively helping to keep schools safe everyday.

Kylie Short, 5th grade Mispillion Elementary School student, joins her family after she was sworn into her new role as a safety patrol officer. From left to right: Nicole Larnick, Josh Miller, Kyle Short and Maria Barber.

Kylie Short, 5th grade Mispillion Elementary School student, joins her family after she was sworn into her new role as a safety patrol officer. From left to right: Nicole Larnick, Josh Miller, Kyle Short and Maria Barber.

Students were selected to participate in the program after writing essays on the importance of safety in schools, according to 5th grade Mispillion Elementary School student Kylie Short.

“I really like helping others. Kids hurt on the bus or in school. I’m just happy to do this,” she said after the ceremony.

The AAA safety patrol program is in its 95th year, however, this is the first year in many that Milford has participated.

Mr. Hopkins, now 84, said he also participating in the safety patrol while in junior high.

“This was in the second World War. We were crossing guards, we did air raid drills…,” he told the students. “We had to crawl and roll in the hall as if bombs had dropped.”

While new safety patrollers may not be asked to help with air raid drills, they will be asked to keep their eyes and ears open to issues around school such as bullying, according to School Resource Officer Teresa Bloodsworth with the Milford Police Department.

“I’m very excited to see what the students will do in the upcoming months,” she said.

After being sworn into duty, students were given a safety belt and badge to help identify them in their new role at each of the three elementary schools in Milford.

School officials, including Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Dickerson, are excited about the additions, calling the new role of each student, “important” and “outstanding.”

“We are extrememly proud of these students,” Dr. Dickerson said. “They now have important leadership responsibilities to contribute to their schools every day.”

Mr. Hopkins seemed equally proud of the 60 students.

He advised the students to continue to, “Stand up for what you believe in and you’ll be justly rewarded.”

News Editor Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com or 302-422-1200.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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