Safety patrol is one of the most important jobs you can have at Sacred Heart Catholic School in New Smyrna Beach. I am a proud safety patrol and I am assigned morning drop off Monday through Friday. In the afternoon, I serve as a runner. I need to be at my morning post by 7:30 a.m. and I truly look forward to opening the doors of students being dropped off. Saying “good morning” and “have a nice day” are part of the job. Families who see me are happy that our school starts their morning off right by showing them positivity and a welcoming environment. This is my favorite of my two posts because I like seeing the little kids.
In the afternoon, there are many runners during dismissal because we have to make sure traffic runs smoothly as the students leave campus. Our school hallway is bustling with sounds from walkie talkies and the centralized sound system. It is also very important that we watch who is picked up and where the students have to go as there are three exits to watch. I usually assigned to stand near a classroom door.
Everyone is not accepted to be safety patrol. Students must apply for membership and get recommendations from teachers who know them well. There are also certain rules to follow, such as wearing a neon yellow safety belt, being on time, performing duties respectfully and faithfully, and always setting a good example. There are a lot of jobs to which a safety patrol can be assigned. Some get one, some get two jobs. The patrols fill in for anyone who is sick and attend regular meetings to talk about how to improve. Patrols also discuss how to resolve some of the challenges faced on a daily basis.
At Sacred Heart, our Safety Patrols have leadership positions, such as the captain who monitors assigned posts and other patrols. If you are good at your job and you are in eighth grade, you can be a captain. Next year, I will be in eight grade and I hope that I have done a good enough job and showed responsibility so that I can be captain.
Article written and photo taken by Jackson, a seventh grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach.