CUMBERLAND — For the fourth consecutive year, West Side Elementary School has offered a school safety patrol program to fifth-grade students. The 17 new members will patrol the school and help maintain a safe and orderly learning environment.
“They take the responsibility very seriously,” said School Resource Officer Jeremy Hedrick. “Being in safety patrol at the schools I work in is coveted. It’s cool. The kids want to be selected. They also know that their behavior at school will impact their ability to be selected.”
Students provide two teacher references and a resume. School administrators and Hedrick conduct interviews in which students are asked to provide their reasons for wanting to join the group. They also must work through a variety of scenarios they could encounter during the school year.
The students attended an informational training day over the summer that outlined their job duties, daily procedures and officer expectations. The group meets every two weeks and AAA provides free activities for members, including a trip to an Orioles game.
Patrol officers are responsible to be on duty at both arrival and dismissal to keep students safe. Other duties include walking younger students to and from breakfast, assisting with lunch shifts and school assemblies, patrolling the hallways and recognizing other students for demonstrating positive behavior.
Members of this year’s school safety patrol are Claire Buskirk, Saylor Dignan, Corinna Hilderbrand, Noah Hockman, Maizzy Hose, Julia Imes, Jack Kennell, Ti Juan King, Cash Logsdon, Madisen McCormick, Julian McKay, Abby Moore, Layla Richtmeyer, Alex Spriggs, Elias Trexler, Alice Wecker and Austin Westfall.
“These kids will go on to be successful in life. They’ll be leaders whether it’s in academics, sports, the military or in their future jobs,” said Hedrick. “I’m proud of each of them.”