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History of the AAA School Safety Patrol

In May of 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "In addition to the day-to-day protection against accidents to school children afforded by the patrols, the movement is unquestionably a fine builder of morale. It also develops a sense of responsibility which cannot but make for good citizenship. It is my sincere hope that it will continue to expand and remain as a permanent feature of our national effort in the interest of traffic safety."

Since 1920, the AAA School Safety Patrol, which annually safeguards the lives of millions of young boys and girls, has become almost as recognizable to motorists as the stop sign. The presence of a AAA School Safety Patrol member wearing the familiar Sam Browne belt, which circles the waist and crosses over the shoulder, is a nationally accepted traffic indicator alerting motorists to drive carefully, for school children are in the area.

Many famous Americans have held the position of AAA School Safety Patrol, including former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, five current and former Supreme Court Justices, five Olympic Gold Medalists and 21 astronauts!

Historically, the AAA School Safety Patrol is one of AAA's oldest programs. Now more than 600,000 children throughout the country participate in the program. Over 93,000 patrols alone are in the AAA Mid-Atlantic territory.

AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education support the program by providing safety patrol materials and equipment worn by all AAA School Safety Patrols. In addition, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education sponsors two AAA School Safety Patrol Officers' Training Camps in conjunction with local police departments each summer. Each year, AAA School Safety Patrols are recognized with an Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon throughout the AAA Mid-Atlantic territory. Selection criteria for choosing an Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol include leadership, sound academics, promptness, neatness and industriousness. Each honoree receives a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and a $100 VISA gift card. Without a doubt, thousands of young lives have been spared as a result of Patrol activities.

The AAA School Safety Patrols of America…today's volunteers, tomorrow's leaders.

To learn more about the AAA School Safety Patrol program, and obtain a copy of "At Your Post" AAA School Safety Patrol Training DVD, contact the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education Safety Services Manager in your area.

In order to continue to make this program possible, please support the Foundation.

Were you once a AAA School Safety Patroller? We want to hear from you! Send us an email to and tell us who you are and what area you used to patrol. It's time we re-connect!

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