TROY — Heywood Elementary School’s AAA School Safety Patrol Advisor Walter Dolinski III has been named AAA’s 2017 School Safety Patrol Advisor of the Year.
This was Dolinski’s first year to serve as the AAA School Safety Patrol Advisor in the Troy City School District. He was nominated by Katie Mentz of the Miami County Educational Center. The nominator praised Dolinski for instructing students, not only about best practices for traffic safety and keeping other students safe, but also for his ability to create leaders. Because of Dolinski’s service to our country in the United States Army, he was successful in teaching the Heywood Elementary patrollers the importance of respect, responsibility and service to others, all core principals of the AAA School Safety Patrol Program.
“The recipient of this award must exhibit a strong belief in the value of the AAA School Safety Patrol Program, display knowledge of traffic safety principles, effectively encourage the development of student leadership skills and have proven dedication to the Patroller Program,” said AAA Public Affairs Manager Cindy Antrican. “This year’s winner exemplifies all the qualities of a true leader.”
AAA awarded Dolinski a recognition plaque and a $250 AAA Visa gift card during an awards ceremony at the Celebrations Banquet Center on May 4.
The belt color may have changed quite dramatically over the years in the AAA School Safety Patrol program — from white to orange to today’s fluorescent green called “electric lime” — but the mission remains the same: To provide a safer environment and leadership opportunities for millions of school children. What began as a small, boys-only initiative continues to stand the test of time, celebrating its 97th year in 2017. Since that humble beginning, the AAA-sponsored School Safety Patrol has expanded into the world’s largest safety program. Today, more than 650,000 male and female patrollers in 34,500 schools nationwide dedicate their time before, during and after school each day working to ensure the safety of their classmates.
“AAA School Safety Patrol plays an important role in helping young pedestrians learn and fulfill responsibilities regarding traffic safety,” said Antrican. “Millions of U.S. boys and girls have honorably served their classmates since the program began, and interest in the program has spread around the world. AAA clubs are very proud of not only our patrollers, but also school personnel who administer the program and law enforcement officials who contribute to patrollers’ success.”