If you are around Floresville North Elementary before or after school, you can’t miss the students in yellow vests; they are the FNE Safety Patrol. These fifth graders help students out of cars, walk younger students to class and also act as role models for the younger students.
“These students serve as role models as they help to keep others safe as well as demonstrate skills like greeting others and displaying a positive attitude,” said FNE Principal Heather Brooks.
The Safety Patrol is sponsored by FNE Counselor Weldon West. Students were chosen through an application and interview process. West asked things like why the students wanted to be in the group and what they would do if they encountered a problem.
“I tried to make the process just like a real job interview. The students take their new jobs very seriously and are doing great, said West.
Brooks said Mr. West trains all of the students so they know exactly what to do and feel empowered by contributing to their campus. “Above all, he (West) keeps a high standard of safety and responsibility and helps develop these skills in students.”
Although, according to Brooks, it is teaching students even more than safety. “Safety Patrol provides students an opportunity to apply many of the social and emotional skills they learn at school. Participating in this service-learning is a real-world lesson in safety, volunteering, and giving to others,” explained Brooks.