John Townsend
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WASHINGTON, D. C. (Tuesday, June 11, 2019) –– Heroine: her- ōh-in] “one who shows great courage; a woman, or girl, noted for courageous action or nobility of character.” Each year AAA honors the exceptional actions of children who serve in their schools as school safety patrollers. This year, a duo of young AAA School Safety Patrollers from Silver Spring, Maryland, Shelby Taft and Sadie Haynes, acted quickly when a kindergarten student broke free from the safety of his mother’s hands and ran towards the road. Both hometown heroines will both receive the Lifesaving Medal during a ceremony at Oakland Terrace Elementary on Tuesday, June 11th at 9:30 a.m. Students and school administration will also be available for interviews.


“The tremendous stories of courage and sacrifice demonstrated by this year’s winners give us all something to celebrate,” said Leah Scully, Traffic Safety Community Educator, Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education.


In addition, the following students have been designated Outstanding AAA School Safety Patroller in each of their schools. They were nominated by their school for excelling in their duties and going above and beyond the line of duty on a regular basis. Other hometown heroes and heroines include:


  • Marco Assam, Thomas G. Pullen Creative & Performing Arts Academy, in Landover, MD

  • Noah Blaine, Sycamore Park Elementary in Culpeper, VA

  • Benjamin Hawkins, Canterbury Woods Elementary, Annandale, VA

  • Emily Ivanich, Crossfield Elementary, Herndon, VA

  • Anthony Rodriguez, Meadowland Elementary, in Sterling, VA

  • Savannah Simmons, Saratoga Elementary, Springfield, VA

  • Summer Smith, Bradley Hills Elementary in Bethesda, MD

  • Alexandra Stephens, Waynewood Elementary, Alexandria, VA


The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education, a non-profit charitable organization affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic, will provide each honoree with a $100 VISA gift card and a plaque recognizing their accomplishments.


The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt corporation dedicated to educating, training and raising the level of traffic and travel safety awareness for all. Through your generous contributions the Foundation works to make schools, communities and roads a safer place for everyone by providing resources & education programs for children, teens, adults and seniors.


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