At the end of the school year, we thank them for their service by providing a Safety Patrol Luncheon in their honor. We usually treat them to either pizza or subs, a dessert, and then we play games/trivia for prizes, followed by selected students reading aloud their Safety Patrol essay. A few days before the luncheon, I require the students to write a brief essay about their Safety Patrol (SP) experience. In it, they include their assigned duty/post, what they enjoyed most about SP, what being a SP member taught them, and their most memorable moment while on patrol.
Here are a few photos from this year's luncheon, as well as two sample essays:
Playing a timed "Unscramble the Words" game
"During my 5th grade year at CCS, I was a part of the Safety Patrol team. I was assigned afternoon duty. The best thing about being a Safety Patrol student was being able to help younger children learn how to behave at car pick-up and teaching them that bad behavior has consequences. My favorite Safety Patrol memory was when (insert another student's name) loudly announced that I was her favorite Safety Patrol. One thing I learned during my time as a Safety Patrol was that sometimes being strict is better than giving a lot of grace. I learned this because very few children changed their behavior if I constantly gave them warnings and never gave strikes. In all, I enjoyed being a Safety Patrol student and wish I could have an opportunity to do it every school year."
"During my fifth grade year, I decided to commit to being a Safety Patrol member. As a Safety Patrol, you have two jobs available--morning and afternoon, or you can do both. At the first quarter of school, I did both, and at the second, I did afternoon. The best thing about being morning patrol is getting to see the school when it's vacant. The best part of being afternoon patrol is not needing to sit on the wall and do nothing. My favorite memory was when I had morning patrol and I got hot chocolate. Out of the whole year of being Safety Patrol, I learned how to be a better leader."
Thank you, 5th graders, for your service this year!